Sunday, January 15, 2012

History in the Making

Comrades --

I have spent the past twenty four hours essentially glued to my computer watching Twitter feeds and news updates. The Mazhilis and Maslikats elections took place in Kazakhstan on January 15th and the election exit polls show that there may be three parties in the Mazhilis -- an unprecedented situation! Under the new constitutional code, parties must obtain the minimum 7% threshold to be represented in Parliament.

According to Tengrinews, Nur Otan has obtained 81.3% of the vote, Ak Zhol 7.2% and the Communist People's Party of Kazakshtan (KNPK) 7.1%.

The Central Election Commission will host a press conference on Monday, January 16th at noon to reveal official election results.

More commentary to follow. Until then, check out the article I wrote for Central Asia Newswire on Friday on Kazakhstan's Democratic Evolution.

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