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Kazakhs Voting To End One-Party Rule, But With Little Hope of Major Change

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Voting in Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections continues amid allegations of fraud in a contest that officials say addresses demands for democratic change.

The election is aimed at putting a second party in parliament in an effort to ease discontent after deadly riots last month in the western oil-producing region of the energy-rich country.

It is expected that the Nur Otan party of President Nursultan Nazarbaev will win the vote by a landslide. For the first time, the second-placed party will also automatically be guaranteed a presence in the 107-seat chamber, whether or not it clears the 7 percent entry threshold.

However, many of Nazarbayev's opponents have been barred from standing, and the party that is expected to place second is a pro-business group led by a former ruling party member.

Casting his ballot in the capital, Astana, the 71-year-old president called the vote "a big test."

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Kazakhs Voting To End One-Party Rule, But With Little Hope of Major Change

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