Tajikistan’s autocratic leader set to expand his 20-year rule in election free of real rivals

November 5, 2013 12:33 PM

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Here’s a look at the background to the vote in the small but strategically important Central Asian nation.

Rakhmon took the helm in 1992 as Tajikistan plunged into an all-out internal conflict following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia backed his faction against a loose coalition of Islamists, nationalist and democratic groups.

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