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Kazakhstan’s Faux Opposition Candidate Snubs Press

Kazakhstan’s presidential election candidates continue to underwhelm.

Party of Patriots leader Gani Kasymov, seen as likely to claim most of the crumbs incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev fails to suck up, has committed what might in most countries be considered a PR disaster.

Ahead of a pre-arranged live interview at RFE/RL’s Kazakh service Azattyk studio Thursday, Kasymov demanded to know what questions would be put to him. Having acquainted himself with the line of questioning, he retorted with a curt “nuh-uh,” leaving Azattyk with no guest to interview. 

Still though, to Kasymov’s credit, he has maintained a sustained and eclectic output of pronouncements in an election contest light on policy platforms. He has also been the only one of the four candidates, including Nazarbayev, to do the routine rounds one would normally expect of a presidential election candidate.

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