27 November 2012, 12:14
Central Asian govts not used to democratic methods - Islamic Revival Party head (updated)
Dushanbe, November 27, Interfax - There are no free elections and there is rampant corruption and unemployment in the countries of Central Asia, but the governments of this region's countries use administrative and command methods to resolve these problems, increasing their internal reserves for forcible suppression of possible protests, Muhiddin Kabiri, chairman of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan and a member of the lower house of the Tajik parliament, said on Monday.
These methods only exacerbate the problems of the region, which borders on troubled Afghanistan, Kabiri said.
"Despite all efforts, [Central Asia] remains vulnerable to threats coming not only from [Afghanistan] but also from inside the region," Kabiri said at the meeting of the 7th general assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties held in Azerbaijan's capital.
The text of the statement made by Kabiri was released by the office of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan in Dushanbe.
"To our great regret, the governments of the countries of the Central Asian region are used to resolve problems only through the prison of command and administrative, even forcible methods, and that not only does not eliminate problems, but sometimes exacerbates them," Kabiri said.
Kabiri called on the countries of Asia to share with each other experience of building democratic societies.
"I hope that when we come together for the forum next year we will have a different Asia, which will be more stable, more democratic, and more prosperous," he said.