ASTANA/ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev apologized on Monday for winning re-election with 97.7 percent of the vote, saying it would have “looked undemocratic” for him to intervene to make his victory more modest.
Sunday’s election gives another five year term to the 74-year-old former steelworker, who has ruled the oil-producing nation since rising to the post of its Soviet-era Communist Party boss in 1989. Central Election Commission data showed turnout was 95.22 percent.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was set to renew his 26-year grip on power on Sunday, offering the multi-ethnic Central Asian state economic and social stability in return for what rights groups call systematic suppression of opposition.
Nazarbayev, 74, officially titled “Leader of the Nation”, called presidential elections more than a year early in a move that could quash any speculation about a successor. He faces no real challenge from the other contenders, a low-profile Communist Party functionary and a loyal ex-regional governor.
ALMATY (Reuters) – President Nursultan Nazarbayev will extend his nearly 26-year rule of Kazakhstan in an election on Sunday which investors hope will maintain stability in the Central Asian state despite criticism of his rights record.
The 74-year-old former steelworker has held power since 1989 when the oil-producing nation of 17 million stretching from the border with China to the Caspian Sea was part of the Soviet Union, and has never faced a genuine challenge at the polls.
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.