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Tajik Lawmakers Propose Public Holiday Marking Rahmon Presidency

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

A group of Tajik lawmakers has proposed a draft bill to establish a new official holiday in the Central Asian nation that would mark the presidency of longtime ruler Emomali Rahmon.

According to the proposed legislation, the public holiday would be called either President's Day or the Day of the Leader of the Nation.

It is not clear when the proposed holiday would be marked.

A bill passed in December gave 63-year-old Rahmon, who has ruled Tajikistan since 1992, the title of "leader of the nation" and granted him and his relatives lifelong immunity from prosecution.

On May 22, Tajikistan is set to hold a referendum on constitutional amendments that would allow Rahmon to run for office for an indefinite number of times.

With reporting by Asia-Plus