Kazakhstan, rich in natural resources, political stable and one of the ‘beyond the BRIC’s’ success stories, is obviously in transition. What remains to be seen is in what direction.
Kazakhstan to hold snap election, Al Jazeera (2011) — ACE Electoral Knowledge Network
February 4, 2011
Interesting take on the reason Nazarbayev is pulling the election in – “Nazarbayev hopes to get reelected in the April 3 elections, while the opposition will have little time to prepare for the vote” – when the consensus has been that Nazarbayev has little or no opposition and that early elections have more to do with succession planning.
Kazakhstan’s President Calls for an Early Election
February 2, 2011
At 70, with no clear succession plans President Nazarbayev may be trying to accelerate the process. Elections were set for 2012 and as he is running essentially unopposed there must be a motivation for wanting to pull the elections in. The Kazakh Constitutional Court ruled against the extension of Nazarbayev’s term to 2020, a move by loyalists with the possible agenda of opposing Timur Kulibayev’s bid for power. Kulibayev is head the powerful energy sector, Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, and emerging as a viable presidential candidate.
Kazakh President Rejects Term Extension Idea
January 8, 2011
Kazakhstan’s long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbaev has rejected the idea of extending his term in office until 2020 in a nationwide referendum. Widely seen as an empty gesture from a president that has ruled since 1989 and is expected to be reelected in 2012.