Friday, March 20, 2015
The stress on democracy is at odds with the recent March 1 parliamentary election, which gave the governing People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) an overwhelming majority and eliminated the opposition. The election campaign was marked by harassment of candidates, uneven media coverage and reported ballot stuffing. Reinforcing his family's hold on power, on March 16, the president appointed his son, Rustam Emomali, to head Tajikistan's anti-corruption agency. The suspicious killing of Group 24 opposition movement leader Umarali Quvatov in Istanbul on March 5 increases fears that certain elements of the regime will no longer accept dissenting voices.