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Opposition Candidate Calls for Democratic Reforms in Kazakhstan

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Amirzhan Kosanov, the lone opposition candidate in Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, took the opportunity of Wednesday’s televised debate to demand democratic reforms in the Central Asian nation.

Kazakhstan registers opposition politician to run for president

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A prominent opposition politician and journalist on Monday won his bid to challenge a trusted ally of strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan’s presidential polls next month.

Kazakhstan: Anti-government rallies signal emboldened protest mood

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 Frustrations have been bolstered by perceptions that crucial national decisions are being made without the general population being consulted.

What happens to Kazakhstan’s dictatorship now that its dictator has quit?

Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pose for photos Tuesday during a congress of the ruling party. (Stanislav Filippov/AFP/Getty Images)

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader Kazakhstan had known since the country gained independence nearly 30 years ago, resigned March 19. During his televised announcement, the longtime autocrat noted his government’s shortcomings in addressing economic problems and expressed desire for a new generation of leadership.

Kazakh Opposition Party Boycotts June 9 Presidential Elections

Ermurat Bapi DAT editor

The Nationwide Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan announced on Friday that it would not field a candidate for snap presidential elections slated for June 9 because it did not want to legitimize elections “without a choice.”

Kazakh Opposition Party Boycotts June 9 Presidential Elections

Ermurat Bapi DAT editor

The Nationwide Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan announced on Friday that it would not field a candidate for snap presidential elections slated for June 9 because it did not want to legitimize elections “without a choice.”

Loyalist diplomat handpicked by Kazakh ruler for president

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The career diplomat who is a shoo-in to become only the second president of ex-Soviet Kazakhstan since its independence has always appeared to prize loyalty over political ambition.

Kazakh government prepares to back Tokayev campaign - sources

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The Kazakh government is preparing to back President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's campaign ahead of the June 9 snap election, three sources told Reuters.

Tages Anzeiger: Nazarbayev’s Regime Will Fall

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 For 30 years, the dictatorial clan has been doing nothing but enriching itself.

What is the Kazakh regime learning from citizen protests?

February 2019: Residents of Zhanaozen call on president Nazarbayev to find them work and pay attention to youth problems | YouTube / Turar Sahtugan

Recent events in Kazakhstan show the regime’s evolving response to discontent from below.

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Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

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