In early January this year Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon dismissed Mayor of Dushanbe Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev, who led the city administration for almost 20 years. Then he appointed Rustam Emomali to this post. The eldest son of the head of state headed the Anti-Corruption Agency of Tajikistan prior to mayoral assignment. In early April Rustam Emomali won in the mid-term elections to the deputies of the Majlis of the city.
At a meeting with the new leadership of the capital on 15 February 2017, Emomali Rahmon gave his son advice on how to manage the city and treat people. Turning to Rustam Emomali, the head of state, in particular, said:
‘Be always demanding, monitor the fulfilment of your instructions.’
‘You are well-off, no one dares to pressure you, no one can tell you who to hire.’
‘Cut prices for the people. Provide them with decent work, transportation and electricity.’
‘Never be rude to your subordinates. Talk to them in a civilised manner.’
‘Do not dine in the houses of businessmen. Do not go to restaurants. Go to the homes of veterans, workers and widows. They will be happy to treat you to the best that they have hidden in chests. They will consider it an honour to welcome the chairman of the city. "