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Tajik Opposition Threatens To Boycott New Parliament

President Rakhmanov Dushanbe, 2 March 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Tajikistan's two opposition parties which won seats in Sunday's parliamentary elections say they will boycott parliament if their complaints of electoral violations are not properly investigated.

Hikmatullo Saifullozoda, a spokesman of the Islamic Revival Party, told RFE/RL that the party would recall all its representatives from parliament and local councils if repeated elections are not organized in several constituencies.

"If repeat elections are not organized, the IRP does not see any sense in taking part in the parliament or local councils and will recall its members from both," he said.

The Communist Party of Tajikistan told RFE/RL it has taken a similar stance. It was the first time the party aligned itself with the IRP, the Social Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party of Tajikistan in claiming that elections were rigged.

Preliminary results show that President Imomali Rakhmonov's People's Democratic Party won 49 seats in the 63-seat lower house of parliament. The Communists and the IRP won four and two seats, respectively. The other two opposition parties have not reached the necessary threshold.

The Central Commission for Elections and Referendums has announced there will be repeat elections in three polling stations. However, it is not clear whether these are the stations about which the opposition has lodged a complaint.

(RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

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