Members of government will swear to the president and MPs will swear to the people

20/06/2016 16:31
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, June 20, 2016, Asia-Plus – Amendments prepared by the government to the country’s laws on the Majlisi Oli (Tajik parliament), legal status of a deputy of the Majlisi Namoyandagon and a member of the Majlisi Milli (Tajikistan’s upper house of parliament) and the government have been submitted for consideration to the parliament.

MP Abdurahim Kholiqzoda, the head of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) Committee on State Construction and Local Government, says the proposed amendments proceed from changes and addenda to the country’s Constitution that were adopted at a referendum on May 22 this year.

Thus, the amendments provide for lowering the minimum age requirement for candidates for parliament, and positions in the constitutional court from 35 to 30. 

“Besides, henceforth members of the government will swear allegiance to the president, while deputies of the Majlisi Namoyandagon and members of the Majlisi Milli will swear allegiance to the people of Tajikistan,” Kholiqzoda said.   

We will recall that the constitutional referendum included 40 proposed amendments and voters could either vote "yes" or "no" to the package of amendments.  It was not possible to vote on individual amendments.

The most important proposed amendments included eliminating the term limit for incumbent President Emomali Rahmon, lowering the age of eligibility to become president, and banning the creation of political parties based on religion.

The term-limit amendment applies only to Emomali Rahmon, who owns the status of the “Leader of the Nation.”

The amendment lowering the presidential age limit from 35 to 30 would allow Rahmon’s 29-year-old son, Rustam Emomali, to stand at the next presidential elections, scheduled for 2020.

The minimum age requirement for candidates for parliament, and positions in the constitutional court, has also been lowered to 30 from 35.

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