Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Oct. 18: Leading members of three parties represented in the Armenian coalition government denied that incumbent President, Robert Kocharian, was seeking to amend the constitution to permit him to run for a third presidential term. [RFE, 10/18]

Oct. 19: The Russian government and Russian private companies signed agreements with the Tajik government planning investment of $2 billion in the Tajikistan economy within the next five years. [Interfax, 10/20]

Left-wing deputies withdrew from the Legislative Assembly, the lower house of the Kyrgyz parliament, in protest against bills to issue a license to operate the Severelektro electricity distribution company and privatize the Kyrgyzgaz gas firm, the country's main energy sector facilities. [Interfax, 10/ 20]

Turkey announced that it would allocate $2 million for the logistical development of the Georgian armed forces, focusing mainly on funding education and special task brigades. [Interfax, 10/20]

Oct. 25: Azerbaijan's senior Muslim clergyman, Sheikh-ul-Islam Allakhshukur Pashazade, accused the government of "interference" in religious life, referring to the state's creation of a Forum of Religious Communities under the auspices of the State Committee for Work with Religious Bodies. [RFE, 10/26]

Nov. 9: Four Georgian political parties were barred from future elections for failing to submit details of their expenditures to Georgia's Central Election Commission. [RFE, 11/10]

The Turkmen Prosecutor-General's Office announced that 9,000 prisoners were released under an amnesty in honor of the Muslim holiday of Laylat al-Qadr. End-of-Ramadan amnesties for prisoners convicted of lesser offenses are an annual tradition in Turkmenistan since parliament passed a law on amnesties in 1999. …

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