[QODLink]
Asia
Low-key run-up to Kazakhstan polls
After providing decades-long stability, Central Asian nation's leader faces pressure in the wake of deadly clashes.
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2012 12:16

Kazakhstan will vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday. However, the run-up to the event has been quite low key, with no active campaigning opposing the incumbent president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The government has promised a more democratic parliament this time around, but the election commission recently banned genuine opposition politicians from running.

Many Kazakhstanis are satisfied that Nazarbayev has maintained decades of stability in the country.

However, last month's violent clashes that left 16 people dead have put pressure on his administration. Many hold Nazarbayev  accountable for the deaths.

Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from west Kazakhstan.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.