Opposition calls Kazakh vote flawed

Kazakhstan's ruling party has won all of the seats in the new Parliament, prompting opposition parties to cry foul, it was reported Sunday.

Opposition calls Kazakh vote flawed
Kazakhstan's ruling party has won all of the seats in the new Parliament, prompting opposition parties to cry foul, it was reported Sunday.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's Nur-Otan party swept Saturday's election with 88 percent of the vote, BBC News reported.

Opposition parties alleged serious infractions, including voter fraud and censoring of their political advertisements in government-controlled media, the BBC said.

Nazarbayev celebrated the win with a lavish party in the capital city of Astana and promised voters increased democracy in Kazakhstan, an oil-rich former Soviet Central Asian state.

Nazarbayev called the election two years ahead of schedule in order to amend the Constitution, expand Parliament and remove limits on presidential terms in office.

Kazakhstan has never held an election deemed free and fair by the international community, the report said.

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