Saturday, October 28, 2006
Sometimes I get bored enough to read about Tajikistan's Presidential election. Right now, the nation's four non-viable opposition candidates are undertaking a joint tour of the country. Perhaps fearing the growth of low-level discussions as a result of all this, the government of President Imamoli Rahmonov is working to block web sites and otherwise suppress expression as Election Day approaches. Most people interviewed by IWPR say they favor Rahmonov, crediting him with bringing stability and an end to the civil war which embroiled the country shortly after independence. This seems to correlate with Dana Abizaid's observations that many Tajiks care more about a stable environment in which to make a living than democracy.