According to the Central Electoral Commission, Rahmon was voted by 90.9% of voters. The turnout was 85%.

This victory allows Emomali Rahmon to cross the threshold of 30 years of power and become the longest-serving leader in the former Soviet Union, breaking the record of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarabaiev and leaving behind his Belarusian counterparts Aleksandr. Lukashenko and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

In power since 1992, Rahmon is to rule for another seven years in Tajikistan, a Central Asian country and a former Soviet republic of nine million people where opponents are excluded from the political game.

At the age of 68, Emomali Rahmon would prepare the succession for his eldest son Rustam, 32 years old.

Despite his young age, Rustam Rahmon became mayor of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and head of the Senate. In the event of the incapacity of the Tajik President, power shall be taken, on an interim basis, by the Head of the Upper House of Parliament.