Kazakhstan will hold parliamentary and local elections on the 10th January. There is little intrigue as to the results given that opposition parties were not allowed to participate. New regulations that restrict election observers have further enhanced state control over the voting process. These developments disappointed many Kazakhstani citizens, who previously had hoped President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s promises of political reform would prove more forthcoming.
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