Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

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1996

Aug. 2: It was reported that, in Kazakstan, a government plan to release 56,000 prisoners had alarmed doctors because 16,500 of the prisoners had tuberculosis. [8/2 WSJ]

Aug. 13: Kazakstan sold to foreign investors its remaining energy sector assets, including the Ekibastuz I power station which was sold to AES-Suntree, a US-Israeli company, for $500 million. [8/14 FT]

Aug. 18: Tajikistani opposition sources reported that the forces of opposition leader Akbar Torajonzoda had captured the strategically important town of Tavildara from government forces. [8/19 FT]

Sept. 7: In Tashkent, Uzbekistani secular and religious opposition groups staged a meeting on human rights. The conference elected activist Abdumannob Polat as president of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan. [9/9 FT]

Sept. 11: Azerbaijani speaker of parliament Rasul Guliev resigned, reportedly for health reasons. The move was viewed as significant because it consolidated the power of President Heydar Aliev. [9/12 FT]

Sept. 23: In Armenia, President Levon TerPetrossian claimed victory in the day's elections although results were incomplete. In Yerevan, 40,000 people gathered to protest election fraud. [9/23, 9/24 NYT]

Sept. 24: In Yerevan, Armenia, 10,000 opposition supporters gathered to demand the resignation of President Ter-Petrossian. International election observers said the election was marred by government-sponsored election fraud. [9/25 NYT]

Sept. 25: In Armenia, preliminary results of the presidential election showed President TerPetrossian with 52 percent of the vote. …

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