12 Feb '11, 12pm

Kazakhstan opposition to boycott presidential polls

Kazakhstan opposition to boycott presidential polls

ALMATY, Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan's main opposition party Azat said Saturday it would boycott presidential polls to be held in April, which President Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to win comfortably. The Central Asian republic's Azat (Freedom) Social Democratic Party said it would boycott the polls because the president had breached the constitution by calling snap elections. "We announce our intention not to take part in the early presidential elections," the party said in a statement sent to AFP. "We demand that the elections be held within the time period set by the constitution.' Earlier Saturday, the party had unanimously voted for co-chairman Bulat Abilov to stand as its presidential candidate. The Kazakh parliament is made up entirely of Nazarbayev supporters and critics have complained that opposition activists are silenced by what is seen as an increasingly author...

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