Imomali Rakhmonov, a Tajik belonging to the Kulyabi clan, was born 5 October 1952 in the town of Dangar in the Kulyab region. He studied economics at Dushanbe's Lenin State University. After serving in the Soviet armed forces, he held several low level jobs, including: electrician salesman, head of a trade union committee, and secretary of a Communist Party organization at an agricultural enterprise. In 1988, he became the director of a state farm in his native Dangar raion (county). He was elected chairman of the Culvert region government (oblast executive committee) on 2 November 1992.