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Rahmon Promises Fair Election, But Warns Tajik Opposition

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon delivers his annual speech to the Tajik parliament on April 26.
DUSHANBE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has again promised that November's presidential election will be "fair and transparent" but warned the opposition "not to rely on their foreign patrons."

In his annual address to the parliament and the nation, Rahmon said opposition parties should not attempt, with external help, a repeat of the situation that he says brought about the country's 1992-97 civil war.

Rahmon's statement was seen as being addressed to the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (PIVT), whose forces fought against Rahmon's government during the civil war.

The PIVT is Tajikistan's most popular opposition party.

Earlier this month, Rahmon told journalists in Brussels that the presidential elections will be fair, adding he had not decided whether he would run.

Rahmon has held power in Tajikistan since 1992.