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OSCE Criticizes Tajikistan Election for Lack of Pluralism

Tajikistan's presidential election may have taken place peacefully Wednesday, but international observers say the balloting lacked pluralism and genuine choice. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Thursday in a statement that extensive media coverage of the eventual winner, incumbent president Emomali Rakhmon, provided him with a significant advantage. Rakhmon was declared the victor earlier Thursday, winning 83.6 percent of Wednesday's vote. His...

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