January 16th, 2012
02:32 AM ET

2 new parties enter Kazakhstan parliament

At least two new parties will enter Kazakhstan's parliament, where the ruling party holds every seat.

According to preliminary results released Monday by the Kazakh Central Election Commission, the pro-business Ak Zhol (Bright Path) Party and the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan both passed the 7% threshold set under new election law to win seats.

Ak Zhol received 7.4%, while the Communist People's Party received 7.2%, according to the results.

However, President Nursultan Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party was the winner by a wide margin. Its 80.74% vote total allows it to retain its grip on the parliament.

The elections, held Sunday, came a month after Kazakhstan imposed a state of emergency in the oil town of Zhanaozen, the site of deadly clashes on December 16.

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  1. Tcr c2

    They need the democraps, and republipunks over there to settle things down.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kazakh

      That sound`s good!!! I would say the democraps as NurOtan, and republipunks as AkZhol under President`s control.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    It's still not a democracy: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/borat-or-bilo/

    January 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Berik

    I’ am sure , that Kazakhstan people do not believe , that it will being fair parliament election. Because they remember other Kazakhstan elections. Their unbelieving raise, when before the election, President said his party won by getting 80-90% voters support. It was ordinary way to cause indifference of electorate to last elections . This trick led many voters did not take a part in a election. And the Government used their employees started a roundabout, when employees voted for who hadn’t come. This is truth because people who check ID voters work for government, and observers from other parties and foreign organization as a rule only calculate number of voters.

    January 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |