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Kazakhstan elections underway

01-15-2012 15:19 BJT

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Parliamentary elections have kicked off in Kazakhstan. In downtown Astana, residents braved subzero temperatures to cast their vote.

About 350 candidates from various parties are competing for 98 seats of lower house. All seats in parliament are currently occupied by President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party.

The pro-business Ak Zhol party, which avoids confrontation with the government, is seen as the most likely runner-up. Opposition parties most likely to pose a challenge to Nur Otan have been either disqualified or rendered largely powerless.

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev casts his ballot at a polling station
during the parliamentary election in Astana, January 15, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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