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Tajiks casting votes in crucial constitutional referendum


People in Tajikistan have taken to the polls in a crucial referendum to vote on a set of amendments to the constitution that is expected to strengthen the president’s powers.

The polls opened at 0100 GMT in the capital Dushanbe on Sunday and large lines of voters formed to decide on a single question on the ballot paper that read “Do you support the amendments and additions to the constitution of the country?”

The Tajiks are voting for or against 41 proposed amendments, the key one of which could allow incumbent President Emomali Rahmon to run for an unlimited number of terms and pave the way for his son to become the future leader.

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