President Nursultan Nazarbayev's reelection campaign is cruising in Kazakhstan. But an ongoing corruption case in a US federal court could create complications for the president following the vote.
Recent polls peg Nazarbayev's voter support in the 70 percent range, with the four other contenders in the December 4 election splitting the remaining 30 percent. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. Nazarbayev has been acting like a candidate assured of victory. In a speech marking the opening of a new Kazakhstani senate session, Nazarbayev outlined policy priorities for his next seven-year term, pledging to boost industrial and agricultural production, to improve living standards and to expand civil rights. "It is necessary to fulfill all these tasks through innovation and by attracting new technologies to the educational and scientific spheres," the Kazinform news agency quoted Nazarbayev as saying.
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