Kazakhstan’s presidential race is off to an early start: following last month’s announcement that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev plans a re-election bid in 2012, an opposition leader has now thrown his hat into the ring.
It’s over two years before the next presidential election is due, but Vladimir Kozlov, leader of the unregistered Alga! DVK party, has declared himself ready to stand against Nazarbayev in December 2012.
A staunch, outspoken opponent of the president, Kozlov isn’t daunted by the challenge of trying to unseat Nazarbayev, who is firmly entrenched in power after two decades at Kazakhstan’s helm.
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