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Tajik Court Approves No Presidential Term Limit

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (center) with his son Rustami Emomali (left) in December

Tajikistan's Constitutional Court has found legal the amendments to the country's constitution that could enable President Emomali Rahmon to establish a presidential dynasty.

Under the amendments adopted on January 22, Rahmon, a 63-year-old former collective-farm head who has ruled Tajikistan since 1992, would be able to run for reelection for an indefinite number of times.

In addition, the amendments lower the required minimum age for presidents from 35 years to 30.

That change enables Rahmon's eldest son, Rustam Emomali, to take part in the presidential election scheduled for 2020, when he will be 33.

The constitutional changes will take effect after they have been adopted by a national referendum that has not yet been announced.

Another bill endorsed in December gave Rahmon the title "leader of the nation" and granted him and his relatives lifelong immunity from prosecution.