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Kazakh president lifts ban on public protests during elections

Kazakh president lifts ban on public protests during elections

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday signed into law legal amendments that lift restrictions on holding public protests during elections, the president's office said.
Earlier this month, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe put off until next year a vote on the ex-Soviet republic's bid to chair the group in 2009 due to the country's failure to meet the group's democratic standards.
The amendments that were passed by parliament in November lift a ban on holding demonstrations after the end of the official campaigning period until the announcement of official results.
The ban was imposed in the run-up to the December 2005 presidential elections, which Nazarbayev won with 91 percent of the vote. The election was criticized by OSCE observers as undemocratic.
Nazarbayev, who has ruled the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic for 17 years, has drawn criticism for putting pressure on the opposition and free media.
Western nations are eager to increase cooperation with Kazakhstan, which has huge natural gas resources, but are concerned about his authoritarian policies.
Nazarbayev seeks to increase his country's importance as an energy supplier to Europe and also needs good relations with the West to counterbalance the influence of regional powers Russia and China.


Updated : 2021-06-24 14:09 GMT+08:00