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Veteran Tajik president on course for fifth term

Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmon takes oath during his inauguration ceremony in Dushanbe in this November 16, 2013 handout photograph provided by the Press Service of presidential administration of Tajikistan.   © Reuters

DUSHANBE (Reuters) -- Tajikistan's Russian-allied President Imomali Rakhmon looks sure to secure a fifth term in office in Sunday's election as his four competitors' campaigns admit they do not expect many votes.

However, the presidential poll may attract more attention this time after recent elections in two other ex-Soviet republics -- Belarus and Kyrgyzstan -- sparked protests, adding to a belt of instability around Russia.

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