Wed, 20 Jan 2021

There were expectations that the January 10 elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan would fail to truly reflect the will of the people in those two Central Asian neighbors.

Now that preliminary results are in, they look even worse than feared.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's vote was its first parliamentary elections since Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev became president nearly two years ago.

Campaigning was barely noticeable, but election officials still claimed that more than 63 percent of voters cast ballots.

Despite Toqaev's promises of allowing genuine opposition parties to participate in politics, no such parties were registered and allowed on the ballot, though several tried.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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