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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.

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Al Jazeera
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