Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (unseen) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Sept. 2, 2015. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool
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Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon accused a jailed opposition group of attempting to build an "Islamic state" and triggering civil war in the secular country, in a speech shown on state TV Friday.In the address marking the ex-Soviet country's 25th independence anniversary, Rakhmon blasted the "destructive plans" of an Islamic party recently banned as a "terrorist" group by the government.The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan which styled itself as moderate was declared a "terrorist" group following lethal political violence in the country last year.Ex-collective farm boss Rakhmon, who has been impoverished Tajikistan's president since 1994, has publicly stated his dislike of Islamic dress.
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