AFP, February 23, 2015

In January the party’s press secretary, Mahmudzhon Faizrakhmonov, complained of “pressure on our members in the regions from representatives of various government structures”.

An opposition Islamic party in ex-Soviet Tajikistan says the government has cracked down on its politicians ahead of March 1 parliamentary polls in the mainly Muslim but secular country.

Tajikistan, the poorest state to emerge from the Soviet Union, has been led by strongman President Emomali Rakhmon since 1992 and his National Democratic Party of Tajikistan is expected to sweep the polls.