Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Around 150 people killed in suspected boko haram attaks in NE NIgeria

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"Hands off 'Les Guignols'"

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Egypt cracks down on media

Read more

THE DEBATE

Egypt at daggers drawn (part2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Egypt at daggers drawn (part1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 7 killed in clashes as Burundi awaits vote results

Read more

FOCUS

Millions affected by Boko Haram's mass violence

Read more

ENCORE!

Winehouse doco traces singer's tragic demise

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'IS group's caliphate is here to stay'

Read more

Asia-pacific

Kazakh ruling party wins landslide in early results

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-16

President Nursultan Nazarbayev's party won Sunday's snap election with 80.74% of the vote, according to early results released Monday. Two other parties also looked set to make it into parliament by winning just over the minimum 7% of the vote.

AFP - The ruling party of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev won 80.74 percent of the vote in snap elections, retaining its dominant grip on parliament, early results showed Monday.

Nur Otan will be joined in parliament by the pro-business Ak Zhol (Bright Path) party, which polled 7.46 percent, and the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan, which collected 7.2 percent, the central election commission said.

None of the other four parties contesting Sunday's poll in the resource-rich Central Asian state broke through the seven-percent threshold, meaning they will remain shut out of parliament.

The only vehemently anti-government party -- the All-National Social Democratic Party (OSDP) -- won just 1.59 percent of the vote, Kazakh election chief Kuandyk Turgankulov told reporters.

"This is our shared victory," Nazarbayev told his supporters moments after the results were announced. "This means that the people of Kazakhstan will continue supporting our course of stability and unity."

The snap polls had been called early to breathe new life into a system under which Nazarbayev, 71, put economic prosperity before political freedoms and in which his Nur Otan party has until now controlled all the seats in parliament.

The anti-government opposition has already alleged that the elections were marred by flagrant violations but Nazarbayev said on Sunday that the polls were "unprecedented in their transparency, openness and honesty."
 

Date created : 2012-01-15

  • Kazakhstan

    Polls open in Kazakhstan in wake of deadly riots

    Read more

  • KAZAKHSTAN

    Kazakhstan protests spread to regional capital

    Read more

COMMENT(S)