President sets date for the first session of new lower house of parliament

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President Emomali Rahmon today signed a decree on holding the first session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) of the new convocation on March 17, according to the Tajik president’s official website.

The president convokes the first session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon during a month after its election.

The first session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon is opened by the eldest deputy; he/she conducts the session until the chairperson of the Majlisi Namoyandagon is elected.

During the first session, the chairperson of the Majlisi Namoyandagon, deputy chairpersons and heads of the Majlisi Namoyandagon permanent committees and commissions will be elections.

The parliamentary elections were held on March 1 and the voter turnout was reportedly more than 86 percent.

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDPT) won parliamentary elections. 50.4 percent of the ballots cast supported the ruling People's Democratic Party, securing 47 seats in the 63-seat Majlisi Namoyandagon.

The Agrarian Party (APT), the Party of Economic Reforms (PER), the Socialist Party (SPT) and the Democratic Party (DPT) also won seats in the lower house of parliament.

The Agrarian Party secured 7 seats, the Party of Economic Reforms won five, and the Communist Party got two seats in the Majlisi Namoyandagon.

The Democratic Party and the Socialist Party got one seat each by the party lists.

The Social-Democratic Party (SDPT) was unable to pass the 5 percent minimum barrier to get a seat in the legislature. The party has blamed it on Tajik authorities’ failure to hold free and fair elections.

Source: Asia-Plus