Thursday 29 January 2004
January 29, 2004
Tajikistan: President Dismisses Government Loyalists, Opposition Figures
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov appeared to add to his list of potential political opponents this week when he fired a military commander who had helped keep him in power during the country's civil war. Rakhmonov's sacking of the commander of the presidential guard followed a series of dismissals of senior opposition figures from government posts.
January 23, 2004
Central Asia: Is The IMU Still A Threat To Regional Security?
The overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan two years ago was accompanied by the apparent demise of a group considered one of the greatest threats to security in Central Asia -- the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Some recent reports suggest the IMU may be regrouping. But as RFE/RL reports, a number of experts are not convinced the IMU poses an imminent armed threat to the region.
January 22, 2004
Tajikistan: President Reshuffles Government
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov has reshuffled the government. The official reason is to bring in some fresh faces and talents. But some say the changes are aimed more at bolstering the president's party ahead of parliamentary elections next year.
January 13, 2004
Tajikistan: Islamic Renaissance Party Leader Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison
A leader of Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Deputy Chairman Shamsuddin Shamsuddinov, claims the charges are fabricated. RFE/RL reports that with parliamentary elections just over one year away, the damage to the party's credibility and, perhaps, morale may already have been done.
January 08, 2004
Tajikistan: Media See Gains, Setbacks
Authorities in Tajikistan are offering their version of the "carrot and stick" approach in dealing with the country's media. Government officials announced this week they will launch investigations into the murders of journalists committed during the Tajik civil war, something international press organizations have for years been calling for. They also said they would review tax legislation with the possible aim of easing media outlets' tax burdens. But at the same time -- and with much less publicity -- the government is moving ahead with plans to close four of the country's independent newspapers.
January 08, 2004
Tajikistan: Public Transport Users In Dushanbe Feel They're Being Taken For A Ride
After three years of unchanged tariffs, those who use public transport in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, now have to pay twice what they used to to get around the city. RFE/RL looks at the reasons behind the move, which is sparking criticism among the capital's population.