November 28, 1992 |
Tajikistan's Parliament voted Friday to abandon the presidency and declared the war-torn Central Asian state a parliamentary republic, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported. Former Tajik President Rakhman Nabiyev, a former Communist, was swept from power by a coalition of Muslim radical and democrat forces in September. Fighting then flared into a virtual civil war, killing hundreds of people and leaving more than 100,000 homeless in the impoverished republic bordering Afghanistan and China.
September 12, 1992 |
Former President Rakhman Nabiyev said he was forced to resign at gunpoint and that Tajikistan is now under the influence of Islamic militants. Nabiyev spoke publicly for the first time since he resigned Monday and took refuge in his northern stronghold, the Leninabad region. He said he still hopes he can be restored to power. But he discounted suggestions that he could use Leninabad as a base for a campaign against the former Soviet republic's new leadership.
September 3, 1992 |
Tajikistan President Rakhman Nabiyev, facing a simmering civil war in the south of his country, has been removed from power, a statement read on Tajik Radio said Wednesday. The statement, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp., said the parliamentary leadership and the Cabinet had no confidence in Nabiyev, who was elected in November. Nabiyev's whereabouts have been unknown since armed militants on Monday occupied his residence in the capital, Dushanbe, and took ministers hostage.
April 27, 1992 |
Thousands of anti-government demonstrators pitched tents in front of the president's office, vowing to stay until he fires former Communists in the government. They want President Rakhman Nabiyev to remove ex-Communist senior officials. They also called for multi-party elections and more religious freedom.
April 23, 1992 |
A monthlong rally in the main square of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, formerly a Soviet republic, finally paid off Wednesday when the Speaker of the Communist-dominated Parliament bowed to demonstrators' demands and resigned. Opponents of the hard-line Parliament were so determined to get legislators' attention that they held 16 lawmakers and two political assistants hostage overnight.
October 1, 1991 |
The Communist regime that seized power in Tadzhikistan a week ago began to crumble Monday under the weight of a marathon street protest as the regime lifted a national state of emergency and agreed to consider suspending both the Communist Party and its hard-line leader. With tens of thousands of protesters shouting "Resign! Resign!" from their growing tent city just outside the Parliament building, President Rakhman Nabiyev, who led the coup, announced that he is ready to give up his post.