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Incumbent president Emomali Rakhmon is favoured to win in Wednesday's elections.
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/Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

A ballot box is placed in a polling station in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, for the November 6 presidential elections. The former Soviet republic, population eight million, will choose among six presidential candidates.



/AFP
President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to win a new seven-year term, extending his rule to nearly three decades. The five other candidates who qualified are little-known and are loyal to Rakhmon. The international community has previously criticised Rakhmon, saying elections failed to meet democratic standards.


/Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

President Rakhmon took power in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rakhmon is often seen on state television surrounded by well-wishers who sing him odes and address him as "your highness."



/MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL/EPA

Tajikistan's former imperial master Russia opened a military base here in 2004. Last month, Rakhmon ratified a deal with Russia to extend Moscow's military presence until 2042.



/IGOR KOVALENKO/EPA
Tajiks are ethnically close to Persians, and their language is similar to Farsi. Ethnic Tajiks make up 84 percent of the population, Uzbeks 12 percent, Kyrgyz 0.8 percent and Russians 0.5 percent.


/Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters
Tajikistan is the poorest of the 15 post-Soviet nations. It became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2012. Monthly wages average just $135.


/Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters
Forty-seven percent of Tajiks live below the poverty line, according to World Bank data, and the country's per capita gross domestic product was just $860 in 2012 - putting it on par with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.


/Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

More than half of Tajikistan's labour force works abroad, mostly in Russia, and sends home remittances to support their families - like Shadi Madaminov, above.



/Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

Tajikistan's economy is highly dependent on agriculture. Cotton is the most important crop, and its production is closely monitored, and, in many cases, controlled by the government, according to the CIA World Factbook.



/ALEXANDER ZHUKOV/EPA
Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. Sunni Muslims make up 96.6 percent of the population and Shia Muslims 2.8 percent.


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Tajikistan is one of the main routes for Afghan heroin entering Russia and Europe. But the government aggressively pursues drug traffickers.



/EPA/IGOR KOVALENKO

Tajikistan has good relations with its neighbours, especially with China. In 2012, the two countries signed agreements for China to extend $1bn in direct investment to Tajikistan.




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A ballot box is placed in a polling station in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, for the November 6 presidential elections. The former Soviet republic, population eight million, will choose among six presidential candidates.

;*;President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to win a new seven-year term, extending his rule to nearly three decades. The five other candidates who qualified are little-known and are loyal to Rakhmon. The international community has previously criticised Rakhmon, saying elections failed to meet democratic standards.;*;

President Rakhmon took power in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rakhmon is often seen on state television surrounded by well-wishers who sing him odes and address him as "your highness."

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Tajikistan(***)s former imperial master Russia opened a military base here in 2004. Last month, Rakhmon ratified a deal with Russia to extend Moscow\(***)s military presence until 2042.

;*;Tajiks are ethnically close to Persians, and their language is similar to Farsi. Ethnic Tajiks make up 84 percent of the population, Uzbeks 12 percent, Kyrgyz 0.8 percent and Russians 0.5 percent.;*;Tajikistan is the poorest of the 15 post-Soviet nations. It became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2012. Monthly wages average just $135.;*;Forty-seven percent of Tajiks live below the poverty line, according to World Bank data, and the country\(***)s per capita gross domestic product was just $860 in 2012 - putting it on par with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.;*;

More than half of Tajikistan\(***)s labour force works abroad, mostly in Russia, and sends home remittances to support their families - like Shadi Madaminov, above.

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Tajikistan\(***)s economy is highly dependent on agriculture. Cotton is the most important crop, and its production is closely monitored, and, in many cases, controlled by the government, according to the CIA World Factbook.

;*;Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. Sunni Muslims make up 96.6 percent of the population and Shia Muslims 2.8 percent.;*;

Tajikistan is one of the main routes for Afghan heroin entering Russia and Europe. But the government aggressively pursues drug traffickers.

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Tajikistan has good relations with its neighbours, especially with China. In 2012, the two countries signed agreements for China to extend $1bn in direct investment to Tajikistan.

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Tajikistan votesTajikistan boasts a crucial strategic position and its importance could grow with the pullout of US troops from Afghanistan in 2014. President President Emomali Rakhmon, who has ruled the Central Asian state for over two decades, is expected to easily win re-election Wednesday in polls that will once again pose questions about the health of Tajikistan's political system.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votesen-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:28:37 GMT http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/118b4ff248368ab2a96fe83cc5e388eb

Ballots placed in a polling station in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, for the November 6 presidential elections. The former Soviet republic, population eight million, will choose among six presidential candidates.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/118b4ff248368ab2a96fe83cc5e388ebNozim Kalandarov/Reuters

Ballots placed in a polling station in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, for the November 6 presidential elections. The former Soviet republic, population eight million, will choose among six presidential candidates.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/e75c3ff6a3c33be8de14cfa96bdc0b52

President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to win a new seven-year term, extending his rule to nearly three decades. The five other candidates who qualified are little-known and are loyal to Rakhmon. The international community has previously criticised Rakhmon, saying elections failed to meet democratic standards.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/e75c3ff6a3c33be8de14cfa96bdc0b52AFP

President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to win a new seven-year term, extending his rule to nearly three decades. The five other candidates who qualified are little-known and are loyal to Rakhmon. The international community has previously criticised Rakhmon, saying elections failed to meet democratic standards.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/2c810a56c3205695a30ac144e4536438

President Rakhmon took power in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rakhmon is often seen on state television surrounded by well-wishers who sing him odes and address him as "your highness".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/2c810a56c3205695a30ac144e4536438Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

President Rakhmon took power in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rakhmon is often seen on state television surrounded by well-wishers who sing him odes and address him as "your highness".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/ff560594c465e5976fc75da7d9475ad5

Former imperial master Russia opened a military base in Tajikistan in 2004. Last month, Rakhmon ratified a deal with Russia to extend Moscow's military presence until 2042.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/ff560594c465e5976fc75da7d9475ad5MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL/EPA

Former imperial master Russia opened a military base in Tajikistan in 2004. Last month, Rakhmon ratified a deal with Russia to extend Moscow's military presence until 2042.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/f22d5cfa5867b2169af13ccd891e7b5f

Tajiks are ethnically close to Persians, and their language is similar to Farsi. Ethnic Tajiks make up 84 percent of the population, Uzbeks 12 percent, Kyrgyz 0.8 percent and Russians 0.5 percent.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/f22d5cfa5867b2169af13ccd891e7b5fIGOR KOVALENKO/EPA

Tajiks are ethnically close to Persians, and their language is similar to Farsi. Ethnic Tajiks make up 84 percent of the population, Uzbeks 12 percent, Kyrgyz 0.8 percent and Russians 0.5 percent.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/ef92a5997d2b02d23a5e85de63b6482d

Tajikistan is the poorest of the 15 post-Soviet nations. It became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2012. Monthly wages average just $135.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/ef92a5997d2b02d23a5e85de63b6482dNozim Kalandarov/Reuters

Tajikistan is the poorest of the 15 post-Soviet nations. It became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2012. Monthly wages average just $135.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/0f149f3a4e8f931690e41963d9b19aff

Forty-seven percent of Tajiks live below the poverty line, according to World Bank data, and the country's per capita gross domestic product was just $860 in 2012 - putting it on par with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/0f149f3a4e8f931690e41963d9b19affNozim Kalandarov/Reuters

Forty-seven percent of Tajiks live below the poverty line, according to World Bank data, and the country's per capita gross domestic product was just $860 in 2012 - putting it on par with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/64cc6aae015617af197f59b5f9fc4802

More than half of Tajikistan's labour force work abroad, mostly in Russia, and send home remittances to support their family - like Shadi Madaminov, above.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/64cc6aae015617af197f59b5f9fc4802Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

More than half of Tajikistan's labour force work abroad, mostly in Russia, and send home remittances to support their family - like Shadi Madaminov, above.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/e65f7825e98cdb00c3eb8586f83fb1c8

Tajikistan's economy is highly dependent on agriculture. Cotton is the most important crop, and its production is closely monitored, and in many cases controlled, by the government, according to the CIA World Factbook.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/e65f7825e98cdb00c3eb8586f83fb1c8Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

Tajikistan's economy is highly dependent on agriculture. Cotton is the most important crop, and its production is closely monitored, and in many cases controlled, by the government, according to the CIA World Factbook.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/33cd72f018484a7eeb24f86fcf823859

Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. Sunni Muslims make up 96.6 percent of the population and Shia Muslims 2.8 percent.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/33cd72f018484a7eeb24f86fcf823859ALEXANDER ZHUKOV/EPA

Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. Sunni Muslims make up 96.6 percent of the population and Shia Muslims 2.8 percent.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/ec122c958fefa7c79ebed683b48d6914

Tajikistan is one of the main export routes for Afghan heroin to Russia and into Europe. The government aggressively pursues drug traffickers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/ec122c958fefa7c79ebed683b48d6914

Tajikistan is one of the main export routes for Afghan heroin to Russia and into Europe. The government aggressively pursues drug traffickers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/f0cbefdfe9667fed61380325dabecc86

Tajikistan has good relationships with its neighbours, especially with China. In 2012, the two countries signed agreements for China to extend $1bn in direct investment to Tajikistan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Tajikistan_votes/slideshow/no-caption/f0cbefdfe9667fed61380325dabecc86EPA/IGOR KOVALENKO

Tajikistan has good relationships with its neighbours, especially with China. In 2012, the two countries signed agreements for China to extend $1bn in direct investment to Tajikistan.



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