Tajik president wins reelection in landslide victory, electoral official says

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Tajikistan's electoral commission says the president of Tajikistan has won re-election in a landslide victory.

President Emomali Rakhmon, 61, has won 83.6 percent of the vote, commission spokesman Adumanon Dodayev told The Associated Press on Thursday. The president's closest competitor trailed with only five percent.

Rakhmon, who has ruled this Central Asian nation for over two decades, faced only token opposition — one vocal rights activist, Oinihol Bobonazarova, was denied registration for the elections on technical grounds. The government has drawn criticism for its crackdown on dissent and its tight grip on the media.

Tajikistan, which borders China and Afghanistan, has proven a strategically important ally for the U.S. and Russia and has allowed coalition troops and cargo to travel to and from Afghanistan over its territory.