Kazakhstan: Election Business Settled Before Crisis Worsens

A billboard in Almaty advertises the March 20 parliamentary election for the 107-member lower house with the slogan 'Make Your Choice!' President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party looks certain to secure another landslide victory. (Photo: Paul Bartlett)

In many democratic systems, holding legislative elections amid spiraling inflation, a rapidly depreciating currency, sharp contractions in government expenditure and reports of job losses and delayed wages usually spells trouble for a governing party.
 

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Election Business Settled Before Crisis Worsens

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