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.
September 1, 1991 |
The Soviet Union's political turbulence spread into the heart of Muslim Central Asia on Saturday as the republics of Uzbekistan and Kirghizia declared independence and the president of neighboring Tadzhikistan was swept from office. The two Central Asian defections from the crumbling Soviet empire brought to 10 the number of republics that have formally sought to break away in an accelerated exodus brought on by the attempted coup two weeks ago by reactionary elements of the Kremlin.
September 27, 1991 |
In and around the Stalinesque city hall, plastered with posters denouncing Tadzhikistan's new ruler as "a Caesar who rode into Parliament on a donkey," the battle lines hardened Thursday in one of the Soviet Union's most desperate struggles between communism and democracy.
September 28, 1991 |
For the first time since glasnost liberated the millions of Muslims of Soviet Central Asia, Dushanbe's main mosques were empty Friday. And for the first time that anyone here could recall, the city's five Islamic priests canceled their sacred Friday prayers. It was the latest round in Soviet Central Asia's 70-year war between Islam and communism.
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.
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.