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Tajiks vote as incumbent gears up for long reign

Tajiks vote on Monday in an election condemned by the opposition as unfair but certain to extend President Imomali Rakhmonov’s long rule by a third seven-year term. In power since 1992, Rakhmonov has been criticised by the opposition and Western observers for failing to organise a fair contest in his ex-Soviet Central Asian state. The hard-line leader, who won the last election in 1999 with 96.4 percent, has been derided for cracking down on civil rights and jailing dissidents. Full Story

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