Monthly Archive

January 2011

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 15 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum: Western Questions, Kazakh Answers

Weighing the option to prolong President Nursultan Nazarbayev's term to 2020 by referendum, Kazakhstan's governing elite has engaged in an unprecedented open debate. The process is of a far broad... read more..

Events and opinions

Washington Presses Astana on Bid to Extend President’s Rule – But Is Anyone Listening?

The United States has again pressed Kazakhstan over a bid to dispense with presidential elections for the next decade – but are its words falling on deaf ears? As Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Sa... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh leader says ready to stay in power

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday said he was ready to work for as long as required as his country is expected to hold a referendum on whether to extend his term until 2020. "I am r... read more..

Events and opinions

Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated

Egyptian activists have been circulating a kind of primer to Friday's planned protest. We were sent the plan by two separate sources and have decided to publish excerpts here, with translations into ... read more..

Events and opinions

Taking a Stand in Kazakstan

Journalist who led demo against referendum allowing president to avoid elections says even small-scale protest has symbolic value. As soon as plans were announced for a referendum on extending th... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: FM to Get Warm Washington Welcome Despite Democracy Concerns?

You might imagine that Astana would want to keep off the world stage amid the international outcry over an ongoing bid to extend the rule of Kazakhstan's Leader of the Nation. But fresh from stee... read more..

Events and opinions

Turkmen leader says open to rival political parties

* President backs law to allow new parties * New parties unlikely to threaten closed regime * Economic steps not matched by political reform President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who leads read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh MPs back referendum to extend leader's rule

ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's parliament on Friday approved a referendum to extend President Nursultan Nazarbayev's term for a third decade, clearing the way for the veteran leader of Central Asia's... read more..

Events and opinions

Beijing's Stealthy Expansion In Central Asia

Among the great powers vying for influence in post-Soviet Central Asia, China has been the quietest, most systematic, and most dangerous. With its booming economy, growing population, and relentless n... read more..

Events and opinions

Millions back campaign to skip Kazakh election

ASTANA (Reuters) - More than half of Kazakhstan's 9 million voters have backed a referendum to extend veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's rule of the oil-rich Central Asian state for a third decade,... read more..

Events and opinions

Burial of democracy in Kazakhstan. Police seize pro-democracy protesters.

Pro-democracy protesters have been seized in Kazakhstan, as a campaign to keep Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president, in power for another decade without elections claimed the support of more than half ... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh president likely to back call to scrap election and stay in power

Kazakhstan's president is preparing to back a move to cancel elections in the oil-rich former Soviet Republic until 2020, his chief spokesperson said on Tuesday, confirming that the self-styled citize... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan's benevolent father: Long live the khan!

THE workings of Kazakhstan's political machine are regrettably now rather familiar. An obscure group of concerned citizens gathers in a distant corner of the country and there, for the good of the nat... read more..

Events and opinions

U.S. says Kazakh referendum is setback for democracy

ALMATY (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday condemned Kazakhstan's move to extend the rule of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev to 2020, bypassing a 2012 election, and said this would be a blow ... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh parliament backs president ruling to 2020

ASTANA — The Kazakh parliament Wednesday backed a controversial plan for a referendum to extend the mandate of strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev to 2020 and skip two presidential elections. ... read more..

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