Department for Islamic Studies, Freiburg University
The parliamentary elections on March 1, 2015, mark a caesura for postconflict Tajikistan.
With the exclusion of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) from Tajikistan’s
parliament, the political elite has finally abandoned the principles of the 1997 General
Peace Accord, which had ended the country’s Civil War (1992–1997). Since then, the
IRPT has distinguished itself as a credible oppositional political party committed to
democratic principles with an almost imperceptible religious agenda. By shifting the
irpt’s attention to issues of democratization and socioeconomic development, its
chairman, Muhiddin Kabirī, opened the IRPT to a younger electorate. Continuous
defamation campaigns and persecution, however, have worn down the IRPT’s activists
and its electorate. The party’s electoral defeat did not come as a surprise.