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Kyrgyzstan Review, 10 years ago

[26.03.23] Tajik President Could Be In Power Until 2020

Former Soviet Tajikistan, following a trend among its Central Asian neighbors, proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that could keep President Imomali Rakhmonov in power until the year 2020.
The parliament, strongly loyal to Rakhmonov, set June 22 for a referendum on changes that would allow Tajik heads of state to stay in power for two consecutive seven-year terms.
Rakhmonov, 50, who has run his impoverished country without interruption since 1992, would be allowed under the proposed amendments to serve his current term out until 2006 before being able to take advantage of the proposed new election set-up
Few analysts doubt that he will be able to seek re-election in 2006 and easily extend his time in power by up to 14 years
Rakhmonov is not alone among post-Soviet Central Asian leaders, able to enjoy long stretches in power.
The leaders of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan extended their term through similar plebiscites and elections
Reuters, March 26, 2003

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