legislative approval, consecutive terms, council of ministers, political opposition, new constitution
Under the new constitution, a president is head of state in Tajikistan. The president is directly elected for a term of five years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The president appoints the prime minister and the members of the council of ministers, subject to legislative approval.
The country’s first direct presidential elections were held in November 1991. The office of president was abolished by the legislature in 1992, after the political opposition forced the president to resign, and the chairperson of the legislature became head of state. The office of president was reinstated in 1994.
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