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Tajik opposition to challenge `unfair` poll in court

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 19:09

Dushanbe: Tajikistan`s embattled opposition
said today it would challenge in court the results of last
weekend`s legislative elections, after observers said they had
uncovered evidence of massive fraud.

The Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP) does not recognise
the legitimacy of the contest, which they said had been stolen
by President Emomali Rakhmon`s People`s Democratic Party,
party chief Muhiddin Kabiri told reporters.
"The election results, though preliminary, are unfair.
There was massive falsification. We find it hard to explain
this to our constituents," he said.

"We will take action within the laws of Tajikistan. The
Islamic Renaissance Party is the party of the people. We will
express our protest following the legal path in court."

Long-time leader Rakhmon`s party crushed the opposition,
winning 45 of the parliament`s 63 seats, with an additional
nine nominally independent seats going to local leaders seen
as loyal to the president.
The IRP netted just two seats, with the handful of other
seats also going to minority parties including the Communists.

But monitors from the Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe said the poll failed to meet many basic
democratic commitments, and the US embassy in Dushanbe slammed
the elections as "beset by fraud."


First Published: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 19:09

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