God bless you Rahmon for keeping me entertained!
RFE/RL: Just days after Tajikistan's president ordered a ban on students' use of cell phones and private cars, and on lavish parties, Education Minister A. Rahmonov has signaled bans on both headscarves and miniskirts for university students. Pres. Emomali Rahmon ordered the ban on phones, cars, and parties in late March. "Teacher and student sit in a restaurant together and drink alcohol. What kind of behavior is that? You must prohibit it," Rahmon said. Shortly after the pres.'s announcement, traffic police appeared outside university buildings in the capital, Dushanbe, to punish students who drove to school.
Shokirjon Hakimov, a politician and the head of the Faculty of Law and International Relations at Tajik International University in Dushanbe, says recent presidential decrees like the de-Russification of surnames, as well as bans on gold caps on teachers' teeth and lavish parties, remind him of the late Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov.