Tajikistan Ministry of Justice declared the prohibition of Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) on Friday, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). The party has only 10 days to stop all activities.
The ministry justified the decision by the low number of members of the party, which is not enough to “qualify as an officially registered party.”
Saidumar Husaini, the deputy chairman of IRPT, told RFE/RL that this is "more pressure on the party by the authorities."
The decision came "despite the fact that political parties in the country can be banned only by the Supreme Court,” he added.
The party’s headquarters was closed by an economic court citing the “disagreements between the department of state property” and “the owner of the administrative building” on Tuesday, though the owner of the building Muhammadjon Nuri, son of former party leader Said Abdullo Nuri, had denied such disagreement.
The party demands the Dushanbe office to reopen on Thursday, claiming it is closed to prevent the Sept. 11 congress where new party leaders are planned to be elected.
IRPT alignments consist of both moderate Muslims and more secular Tajiks since 1997, when the five years of civil war between the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) and the government ended.
For the first time since then, the party couldn’t win any seats in March 2015 election which they claim to be fraudulent.