Social Democratic Party (Tajikistan)

The Social Democratic Party (Tajik: Ҳизби сотсиал-демократии Тоҷикистон, romanizedHizbi Sotsial-Demokratii Tojikiston) is a centre-left political party in Tajikistan registered on 20 December 2002 and led by Rahmatullo Zoirov. The party is opposed to the authoritarian government led by the People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan, and has been recognized as the only Tajik party to explicitly oppose President Emomali Rahmon.[1]

Social Democratic Party of Tajikistan
Ҳизби сотсиал-демократии Тоҷикистон
ChairpersonRahmatullo Zoirov
Registered20 December 2002
IdeologySocial democracy
Civic nationalism
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliationProgressive Alliance



The history of the party's creation dates back to 18 March 1998, when the future members of the SDP established Tajikistan's Party of Justice and Progress.[2] The party was registered on 9 February 1999, only to be suspended on 2 September 1999, which prevented it from participation in the Tajik Presidential Election. The party was eventually registered under its current name on 20 December 2002.

The results at legislative elections, 27 February and 13 March 2005, are not available. One of the main opposition parties of Tajikistan, they boycotted both the 2006 and 2013 presidential elections.[3] The party received 0.3 percent of the vote in the 2020 parliamentary election, winning no seats.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Agrarian Party of Tajikistan to hold its extraordinary congress on August 15". Asia-Plus. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  2. ^ Jonson, Lena (3 October 2006). Tajikistan in the New Central Asia: Geopolitics, Great Power Rivalry and Radical Islam. I.B. Tauris. pp. 153–. ISBN 978-1-84511-293-6 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Emomalii Rahmon Reelected President of Tajikistan Amid Opposition Boycott; Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 10 Issue: 201". 8 November 2013.