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  Kazakh ruling party sweeps election; OSCE says vote uncompetitive
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Last EditedBojicat  Jan 11, 2021 03:47pm
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News DateMonday, January 11, 2021 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionKazakhstan’s only registered opposition party declined to field candidates in Sunday’s poll.

Kazakhstan’s ruling party has cemented its grip on parliament in the opposition-free election, officials said on Monday.

The Central Election Commission said that the ruling Nur Otan party won 71 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election and two other parties loyal to the government also won seats.

The Nur Otan party is headed by former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped down in 2019 after nearly three decades in power but retains broad clout. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who succeeded him as the country’s president, hailed Sunday’s vote as “another step in the country’s democratic development.”

The country’s only registered opposition party declined to field candidates.

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