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Profile: Candidates for Kazakh presidential election

04-02-2011 14:33 BJT

ASTANA, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Incumbent Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is representing the ruling Nur Otan party, and three other candidates are vying for presidency in Sunday's presidential election.

The other three candidates are Communist People's Party Secretary Zhambyl Akhmetbekov, Senator Gani Kasymov representing the Party of Patriots, and independent Mels Yeleusizov.


Nazarbayev, who has been president of the country since 1991, was born in July, 1940 in the village of Chemolgan, Kaskelen District, Almaty region. In 1967, he graduated from the Highest Technical Educational Institution at the Karaganada Metallurgic Works, and is a Doctor in Economics.

Nazarbayev served as secretary of the Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan in Karaganda, and later secretary of the Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan and Chairman of the Ministers Council of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

He then served as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

In December, 1991, Nazarbayev was elected the first president of Kazakhstan which announced independence from the Soviet Union.

In April, 1995, Nazarbayev's presidential term was prolonged until 2000 through a national referendum.

In January, 1999, he was reelected as president by a snap election, which was held two years ahead of schedule.

In December, 2005, he was elected as president for a third term.


Akhmetbekov was born in Akmola oblast in February, 1961, and graduated from Tselinograd Agricultural Institute in 1983.

Akhmetbekov used to be the head of the Department of Youth affairs, Tourism and Sports of Kurgaldji district administration. He was elected leader of the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan in March, 2007.


Kasymov was born in Atirau in March 1950, and graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1974.

He served as representative of the Kazakh trade mission to France, chairman of the state customs committee of Kazakhstan, and is currently a member in the upper house (senate) of the parliament.

Kasymov ran in the 1999 presidential election, and finished third with 4.6 percent of the vote.


Yeleusizov was born in Almaty in March, 1950, and graduated from the Law School of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 1981.

He became leader of "Tabighat" (Nature) environmental union of associations and enterprises of Kazakhstan in 1984, and was a member in Tourism Development Council under the government in 2005.

Yeleusizov started working in Public Chamber under the Majilis (lower house) of the parliament in 2008.

He was a candidate in the 2005 presidential election.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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