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Kazakhstan: Astana Encourages Economic Initiatives, But Maintains Political Status Quo

On 25 March the newly elected Kazakh parliament opened for its first session, three days after the final results of the 20 March parliamentary elections were announced. Notably, the elections left the parliament’s composition virtually unchanged; the “systemic opposition” parties, including the All-National Social Democratic Party, the Auyl (“Village”) People’s Democratic Patriotic Party and Birlik (“Unity”) did not gain seats. Eighty-two percent of the votes were allocated to the ruling Nur Otan party, while the remainder was split between loyal Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan and pro-business Ak Zhol.

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