Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Apologetic for Lopsided Election Results

A pedestrian walks past pre-election billboards in Almaty – one reminding voters of the presidential campaign (left) and the other a campaign poster for Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev showing his slogan, “With the Leader of the Nation, to New Successes.” The 74-year-old Nazarbayev won again with almost 98 percent of the vote on a record turnout of 95.22 percent, according to preliminary results released by the Central Electoral Commission. (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

The results of the April 26 presidential election in Kazakhstan offer a good illustration of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s aversion to what he described last month as “forced democracy.” He won reelection with almost 98 percent of the vote.
 

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Apologetic for Lopsided Election Results

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