Voting is underway in Tajikistan, in a presidential election condemned as unfair by critics. Opposition parties have boycotted the poll which is being monitored by international observers amid widespread doubts that it will be free and fair. Casting his ballot, Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmonov who is all but certain to win a third term in office, told reporters he voted for peace, national agreement, goodwill and the prosperity of the people.
Ex-Soviet Tajikistan has never held an election judged free and fair by Western monitors. The president won his last victory in 1999 with over 96 percent of the vote. Soldiers arrived first thing this morning to cast their votes, with final results due to be announced by November 16 at the latest.