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Apr 27, 2015

Kazakh leader apologizes for 97.7 percent re-election victory

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.

Apr 25, 2015

Kazakh leader seals power with stability before democratic reform

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.

Apr 21, 2015

Kazakh leader to extend long rule, promises stability

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.

Mar 30, 2015

Veteran Uzbek leader re-elected in vote OSCE brands undemocratic

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.

Mar 29, 2015

Uzbekistan votes, to extend leader’s reign to over three decades

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.

Mar 27, 2015

Uzbek leader set to win new term, problems pile up

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.

Mar 12, 2015

U.S.-Russian space trio land safely in Kazakhstan

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.

Mar 11, 2015

Kazakh leader seeks another five years in early election

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.

Mar 6, 2015

Vocal critic of Tajik president shot dead in Istanbul

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.

Feb 25, 2015

Veteran Kazakh leader calls snap presidential poll on April 26

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.