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President Nazarbayev celebrates 20 years of power
He came to power as Secretary of the Communist Party, a close associate of Gorbacev, he managed to always hold on to power. Opponents say he has crushed the nascent democracy. But others praise him for the economic development and stability of the country.
Astana, ruling party calls for early Presidential election
An early election, before the end of President Nazarbayev’s mandate (2016), would reconfirm the leader who has ruled the country for 26 years and eliminate any speculation about his succession.
Presidential election, Nazarbayev wins with 95% of the votes
Early polls show an overwhelming consensus for the outgoing Head of State. 90% of those eligible participated in the election, compared to 76% of the previous presidential election in 2007. The former Communist leader states "well-being" more important than "democracy."
10/05/2007 RUSSIA – CENTRAL ASIA
Putin in Central Asia to discuss oil, gas and uranium
Russia wants to consolidate political and energy ties with Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan and keep its control over the region’s energy. But Turkmen leader Berdymukhamedov is keeping his cards close to his chest, inviting Chevron into the country. Kazakh leader Nazarbayev also intensifies relations with the West.
Kazakhstan set to choose a president on 4 December
Despite "residue" from the one-time Soviet dictatorship, Kazakhstan is a model of democracy and freedom of worship for Central Asia.
03/03/2010 KAZAKHSTAN – EUROPE
Kazakh oil to reach Trieste
The presidents of Kazakhstan and Romania look at how oil from the Caucasus could reach the Black Sea for transhipment to Romania’s sea port of Constanţa and then Trieste. Kazakhs want to reduce their dependence on Moscow. Romanians want to become the gateway to Europe.
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