Tajikistan vote seen as easy win for strongman

Voting was underway in Central Asian Tajikistan on Sunday in a presidential election expected to pave the way for incumbent Emomali Rakhmon to become the longest-ruling strongman in the former Soviet space.Few are anticipating any hiccups for Rakhmon as he closes in on three decades in power and looks to overtake Kazakhstan’s recently retired Nursultan Nazarbayev in the regional longevity stakes.Rakhmon cast his vote in a “school for gifted children” according to a report by Russian agency RIA Novosti, which said the leader was “in a good mood, as he greeted the journalists at the polling stat…

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