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Tajik election may be president's last before handover

Friday, September 4, 2020

Significance

The decision to hold the election on October 11, a month earlier than scheduled, may be intended to pre-empt employment and energy problems, both likely to worsen before year-end.

Impacts

  • A wave of arrests of opposition figures is likely ahead of the election, despite them posing no threat.
  • Completion of the Roghun hydroelectric scheme, seen as the eventual solution to Tajikistan's energy shortages, is within sight.
  • Despite economic problems, Rahmon still shows no inclination to join the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.
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