Tajik leader's party ahead in election, Western monitors cry foul

March 2, 2015 11:20 AM

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Tajik leader's party ahead in election, Western monitors cry foul

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Tajikistan's veteran President Imomali Rakhmon looked set on Monday to dominate parliament for another five years after his party took a strong lead in an election Western observers said was stacked in his favor.

The central election commission, announcing first results from Sunday's general election, said on Monday his People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan had won 65.2 percent of the party list votes, which account for about one-third of the seats in the lower house of parliament.

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