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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.
 
The election victory for the 74-year-old Nazarbayev, who in addition to the presidency also holds the official title Leader of the Nation, came on a record turnout of 95.22 percent, according to preliminary results released by the Central Electoral Commission the morning after the vote.
 
“Kazakhstan has demonstrated its high political culture and democracy to the international community," Nazarbayev told supporters during the evening of the election.
 

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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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