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Tajik President Warns Of ‘Political Disorder’

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon
DUSHANBE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said in his annual address to parliament that Tajikistan faces a threat of “political disorder,” RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

In the nationally televised address on April 16, Rahmon warned political parties and other institutions not to follow the advice of their "foreign sponsors" in order to avoid repeating the violent events of 1991 and 1992, when the country descended into civil war.

He did not mention any specific parties or countries but promised that next year's parliamentary elections will be free and fair.

Rahmon said Tajikistan's "doors are open" for mutually beneficial foreign investment, and rejected concerns raised by some of the country’s neighbors about new Tajik water and energy projects. The Uzbek government has said several times that Tajik hydropower projects threaten Uzbekistan's environment and agriculture, but Rahmon said “such points of view are absolutely baseless.”