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.FULL STORY