News ID: 275446
Published: 0329 GMT October 12, 2020

Rouhani congratulates Tajik president reelection

Rouhani congratulates Tajik president reelection

President Hassan Rouhani, in a message to his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon, congratulated his reelection as the president of the Central Asian country.

Rouhani expressed hope that the relations between the two countries would further improve to ensure common interests and strengthen regional peace and stability, the president’s official website reported.

Rakhmon was reelected with over 90 percent of the vote following a presidential poll held on Sunday.

The win will allow the 68-year-old leader to pass three decades in power and overtake Kazakhstan's recently retired Nursultan Nazarbayev as the former Soviet Union's longest-ruling leader, AFP reported.

The Central Electoral Commission said that 90.9 percent of voters in the poll had cast their ballot for Rakhmon who will secure a fresh seven-year term, according to preliminary results.

The turnout was over 85 percent, according to the Central Electoral Commission.

Rakhmon was first elected president in 1994, after the position was reestablished, and reelected in 1999, 2006 and 2013.

Constitutional changes passed in 2016 allowed the "Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation", as Rakhmon is officially known, to run for office an unlimited number of times.








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