ALMATY (Reuters) – Uzbekistan’s veteran leader Islam Karimov easily won another five years at the helm of Central Asia’s most populous nation in an election that Europe’s main security body criticized for lacking genuine opposition.
Karimov, a 77-year-old former Communist Party apparatchik, received 90.39 percent of Sunday’s vote, according to preliminary results released by the Central Election Commission on Monday. Turnout was 91 percent, it said.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Uzbekistan on Sunday voted in a presidential election, in which veteran leader Islam Karimov runs virtually unopposed to extend his autocratic reign to more than three decades.
Critics say the regime Karimov installed in his mainly Muslim nation of 30 million, Central Asia’s most populous, is among the most repressive in the world. At 77, he is the oldest of the presidents of the former Soviet nations.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Uzbekistan’s authoritarian leader Islam Karimov is certain to extend his 26-year rule in a presidential election on Sunday, a result that is likely to prolong the problems facing the Central Asian country.
The 77-year-old ex-communist chief, who tolerates no dissent and has been criticized by Western human rights groups, used a legal loophole to seek five more years in power. His three rivals pose no real challenge.
ALMATY (Reuters) – A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely in a snow-covered Kazakh steppe on Thursday after a 167-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
A capsule carrying NASA station commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Russian flight engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova landed in a vertical upright position shortly after sunrise at 0807 (2207 ET), some 147 km (92 miles) southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Wednesday he will seek re-election in a snap poll next month, which will almost certainly see him extend his 26 years at the helm of the oil-exporting nation by another five.
The authoritarian leader’s decision to run in the election on April 26 will for now end speculation over his would-be successor, a question closely followed by investors.
ISTANBUL/ALMATY (Reuters) – An outspoken critic of veteran Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on a street in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.
Umarali Kuvvatov, who had been living in exile in Turkey and was head of the “Group 24″ opposition movement, was killed with a single shot to the head at around 10:30 pm on Thursday evening in the city’s Fatih district, Dogan news agency said. Istanbul police declined to comment on the case.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s leader Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday called an early presidential election for April 26, in a move expected to extend his 26-year rule by another five.
Nicknamed “Papa” and allowed by law to serve as many terms as he wants, the veteran president is poised to win another term in office easily, although he said he had not yet decided whether to run.
ALMATY/LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Facing early elections,
Kazakhstan has been steadfast in refusing to devalue the tenge
but the dangers of an over-valued currency are already evident
and may ultimately force official action.
Kazakhstan’s biggest trade partners, notably Russia, have
seen their currencies fall sharply against the dollar in the
past year. On the weekend, fellow ex-Soviet energy exporter
Azerbaijan became the latest to devalue.
ALMATY, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s central bank said on
Wednesday it aimed to avoid sharp fluctuations in the national
tenge currency, amid market speculation of an imminent
devaluation like the one which jolted the oil-rich ex-Soviet
republic last year.
Central Asia’s largest economy is now suffering from falling
world prices for its vital oil exports and from low demand for
its goods in sanctions-hit Russia, a close trade partner.
ALMATY, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s president ordered
his government on Tuesday to allocate $3 billion from the
National Fund every year from 2015 to 2017 to bolster growth in
an economy hit by falling oil prices and a slowdown in Russia.
The National Fund, which is replenished with windfall
revenues from oil exports, stood at $76.8 billion as of Oct 31.