The Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, the country's main opposition movement, is preparing to renew the political offensive against President Nursultan Nazarbayev's administration. In recent weeks, the movement, or DCK, has taken steps to reinforce its ranks. Opposition leaders promise a "hot" autumn in Kazakhstan, saying they intend to utilize an ongoing bribery scandal to discredit Nazarbayev and press for the president's resignation.
DCK leaders announced that up to 150 delegates from across Kazakhstan would gather in Almaty on October 20 to hold the movement's second conference. They provided no precise time and location for the meeting, apparently in an effort to hinder possible government efforts to disrupt the gathering. Earlier, the DCK's Political Council announced that Akezhan Kazhegeldin, the former prime minister and a chief political rival to Nazarbayev, had been granted membership in the movement, a significant milestone in efforts to consolidate opposition forces.
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Justin Burke is the editor of EurasiaNet.