At its congress just held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s People’s Party defined its role as "supporting the legitimate authorities" while criticizing their possible "erroneous steps," but "without discrediting them." The party favors a multi-party system, but cautions against private ownership and an "uncontrolled market economy." Party leader Abdulajid Dostiev is a vice-chairman of Tajikistan’s parliament. (Interfax, April 1)
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