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Kazakh Leader Hails Unity, OSCE Criticizes Parliament Vote

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev says his party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections is a sign of national unity and support for his government, following deadly anti-government protests last month. But international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Monday criticized the election, saying it excluded any real opposition to Mr. […]

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Three Parties Win Seats in Kazakhstan Parliament

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Three political parties will enter Kazakhstan’s parliament, where every seat is currently held by the ruling party. Election results released Monday give the pro-business Ak Zhol party and the largely pro-government Communist People’s Party at least seven percent of the vote each. Under Kazakhstan’s new election law, the second-place finisher automatically gets seats. But any […]

Three Parties Win Seats in Kazakhstan Parliament

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Three political parties will enter Kazakhstan’s parliament, where every seat is currently held by the ruling party. Election results released Monday give the pro-business Ak Zhol party and the largely pro-government Communist People’s Party at least seven percent of the vote each. Under Kazakhstan’s new election law, the second-place finisher automatically gets seats. But any […]

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Exit Poll: 2 New Parties Win Seats in Kazakhstan Parliament

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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As many as two new political parties could enter Kazakhstan’s parliament, where every seat is currently held by the ruling party. An exit poll taken after Sunday’s parliamentary elections gives the pro-business Ak Zhol party and the Communist People’s Party at least seven percent of the vote each. Under Kazakhstan’s new election law, the second-place […]

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Kazakhstan Votes in Parliamentary Elections

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan cast ballots Sunday in general elections aimed at adding a second party to parliament. Local and Western news media reports said voter turnout easily exceeded the 70 percent mark as polls closed Sunday evening. To date, all seats in the Kazakh parliament has been occupied by President […]

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Kazakhstan Votes in Parliamentary Elections

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in Kazakhstan are casting ballots in an election expected to only slightly broaden democratic representation in parliament. All seats in the former Soviet nation’s parliament are currently occupied by President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party, which is expected to win Sunday’s election by a landslide. Under a new law, the second-place party will be […]

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Kazakh President Fires Head of Energy Giant Following Riots

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Kazakhstan’s president has announced plans to fire the head of the state energy firm, after two days of deadly rioting between police and fired oil workers. After making a brief visit to the western oil-producing Mangistau region Thursday, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said he will fire Timur Kulibayev, the president’s son-in-law and the head of the […]

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Protesters Demand Troops Leave Embattled Kazakhstan Town

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds have protested for a third day in oil-rich western Kazakhstan against the police shooting deaths of at least 15 people demonstrating against job cuts. The protesters were demanding Monday that troops pull out of the town of Zhanaozen, where President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency because of the violence. Kazakhstan’s ambassador to […]

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Protesters Demand Troops Leave Embattled Kazakhstan Town

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds have protested for a third day in oil-rich western Kazakhstan against the police shooting deaths of at least 15 people demonstrating against job cuts. The protesters were demanding troops pull out of the town of Zhanaozen Monday, where President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency because of the violence. Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the […]

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State of Emergency in Kazakhstan After Deadly Protests

Posted December 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has declared a state of emergency in the western city of Zhanaozen, where Kazakhstan’s independence celebrations turned deadly. Mr. Nazarbayev ordered the presidential decree on Saturday, a day after at least 10 people were killed in clashes between police and oil workers in the Caspian town. The state of emergency will […]

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