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Kazakhstan vote receives int'l criticism

04-02-2011 18:52 BJT

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Kazakhstan is holding a presidential election on Sunday, and an expected victory for the country's long term ruler would, senior government officials say, be a seal of approval for their ambitious reform agenda. However there has been international criticism over the vote.

Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to garner around 90 percent of the vote and international observers have already said the poll lacks fairness.Authorities however insist the election will be the cleanest yet in the Central Asian nation's history. In the farming community of Aksu-Ayuly voters seemed to have only one thing on their minds, extending the rule of their veteran leader for five more years.

Cars pass by the poster of Incumbent Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in
Astana, Kazakhstan, April 2, 2011. Kazakhstan's presidential election is slated for
Sunday. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Several members of Kazakhstan's fragmented opposition have called for a boycott to try to discredit the results of of the vote. None of the three other candidates have publicly opposed Nazarbayev's policies.

Photo taken on April 2, 2011 shows the poster of the leader of Kazakhstan Patriots
Party Gani Kasimov. Kazakhstan's presidential election is slated for Sunday.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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