'I can state with complete certainty that no one is raising that question. That is impossible. Even if anyone wanted to do that, he would not be able to.' Mr Iskandarov took on the functions of President after Mr Nabiyev resigned on Monday under intense pressure from the combined democratic and Islamic opposition.
The fall of Mr Nabiyev, who is thought to have stepped down under duress, has heightened concern among some Tajiks and in the West that this poor and unstable Central Asian state could swing towards militant Islam.Reuse content