Tajiks set to elect strongman leader for a fourth term

A ballot box is prepared at a polling station in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Photo: EPA

Voters in Tajikistan, the poorest state in the former USSR, were on Wednesday expected to hand President Emomali Rakhmon an easy victory for a fourth-term mandate at the helm of his Central Asian state bordering Afghanistan.

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013, 11:46am

Zijin Mining seeks to acquire Tajikistan pits

Hong Kong-listed Zijin Mining Group, a leading mainland gold miner, is in talks to buy London-listed Avocet Mining's gold operations in Tajikistan, further expanding its overseas resources.

28 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

End of the road

Tajikistan is not the easiest place to reach. After a couple of false starts, including a not very sensible plan to go overland through Afghanistan, I finally find a flight from Kabul on an ancient Russian turboprop.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Getting to know the 'stans'

When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, a number of new countries came into existence. These included five countries in Central Asia. Their names all end with the suffix 'stan', which means 'land/country' (just as in the older countries Afghanistan and Pakistan). Here is some information about them.


4 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Beyond The Oxus

Beyond The Oxus

by Monica Whitlock

John Murray $126

8 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

HK need match to get teeth into

Hong Kong were left looking for more after booking their berth in the second round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two competition by comfortably winning the doubles to take a 3-0 lead over Tajikistan yesterday.

9 Feb 2003 - 12:00am