The 17th session of the local council (Majlis) of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) was adjourned on December 5 until December 11.

An official source at the GBAO regional administration says the session will discuss issues related to early termination of powers of some members of the GABO legislature, including ex-governor of GBAO Shodikhon Jamshed.

The session will also set the date of by-elections to fill vacancies in the GBAO Majlis.

Acting GBAO governor Yodgor Fayzov will be nominated to the regional legislature, the source at the GBAO regional administration said.

After Yodgor Fayzov is elected to the regional legislature, the next session of the GBAO Majlis that will take place in February next year will consider the issue of approval of president’s decree on appointing him the governor of the region, the source added.   

The governor of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region and heads of other provinces, cities and districts of Tajikistan are appointed and dismissed by the president and presented to their respective councils for approval.   

The heads of the regional, city or district state administrations (hukumat) simultaneously wield executive authority and act as local council chairpersons.

Recall, President Emomali Rahmon on September 15 harshly criticized the work of local law enforcement authorities and gave them one-month deadline to address the situation in the region, especially in Khorog, and implied that more robust measures could be adopted if he was dissatisfied with the results

A range of personnel changes were made in the region.  By president’s decree chairperson of the GBAO regional court, chief of GBAO police, chief of Khorog traffic police department as well as heads of Khorog City and Shugnan and Roshtqala districts were fired.

The governor of GBAO, Shodikhon Jamshed, managed to hold onto his post until October 1, when he was replaced by Yodgor Fayzov.  By president’s decree Yodgor Fayzov was appointed as acting governor of GBAO.    

Shodikhon Jamshed was relieved of the post of GBAO governor in connection with transfer to other job.  He was recently appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection.