Tajik leader Rakhmon secures Presidency for fifth time

DUSHANBE: Tajikistan’s President Imomali Rakhmon has been re-elected for a fifth term with 90.92% of vote, preliminary data shows, the Central Asian nation’s central election commission said on Monday.
Russian-allied Rakhmon, 68, has run the Persian-speaking nation of 9.5 million people since 1992 and was widely expected to secure a seven-year term in office in the absence of strong domestic opposition.
Moreover, His candidacy, according to preliminary data, was supported by more than 90% of voters.
According to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission of Tajikistan, the current President of the country, Emomali Rahmon, won the presidential elections.
«Rahmon received support from 90.92% of the total number of voters in the elections», – said the chairman of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums of the Republic, Bakhtiyor Khudoyorzoda. The CEC must announce the final results within 10 days from the election day.
Thus, the president, who has ruled the country since 1992, is re-elected for the fifth time.
In addition to Rakhmon, the leaders of the Communist Party Miroj Abdulloev, who were supported by 1.17%, took part in the elections, the Socialist Party Abdukhalim Gafforzoda with 1.49%, the Agrarian Party Rustam Latifzoda, who received 3.03%, and the Party of Economic Reforms Rustam Rakhmatzoda, who was voted out for 2. 15% of voters.
According to preliminary data, 4.2 million people took part in the elections, the turnout was 85.3%. –Agencies