Tajik ruling party intends to increase the number of its members to half a million until the end of

04/08/2016 13:34
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, August 4, 2016, Asia-Plus -- Tajik ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) intends to increase the number of its members to half a million until the end of the year.

“Over the first six months of this year alone more than 230,000 people joined the party, bringing the total number of its members to more than 480,000 people,” Usmon Soliyev, the head of the PDP public relations department, told Asia-Plus in an interview.

“We expected that a total number of our party members will exceed half a million until the end of this year,” Soliyev added.   

Founded in 1994, the People’s Democratic Party is the largest political party in Tajikistan, boasting more than 480,000 registered members.  President Emomali Rahmon is chairman of the party.

At the legislative elections, February 27 and March 13, 2005, the party won 74% of the popular vote and 52 out of 63 seats.  This was an increase from the 2000 elections, in which they won 64.9% of the vote and 38 seats.  At the legislative elections, February 28, 2010, the party won 71.69% of the popular vote and 45 out of 63 seats.  At the last legislative election, March 1, 2015, the PDP won 65.4 percent of the vote and 51 out of 63 seats  

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