Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was admitted to University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, a hospital in Hamburg, German newspaper Bild reported July 19, citing unnamed sources. The hospital has not confirmed the report, and there are no reports of the Kazakh leader’s condition or reason for being checked into the hospital.
Rakhat Aliyev, the scandal-prone former son-in-law of Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has stirred up trouble in his homeland and in Europe. Now, he’s tried to make waves in Washington. But he’s found that a spin war in the United States can quickly turn into a quagmire.
To the Editor: Joshua Kucera’s May 13 dispatch, “Kazakhstan: Washington Experts Go on Spin Cycle,” is misleading and unfair. The whole idea of organizing a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., was to allow serious people to examine Kazakhstan in a serious way.
With his reelection out of the way, Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is now focusing on carrying out a limited reshaping of the Central Asian country’s political landscape. The changes being contemplated seem aimed at managing the transition to the post-Nazarbayev era.
According to Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC), incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev received 95.5 percent of the vote in Kazakhstan’s April 3 presidential election, with almost 90 percent of the electorate casting ballots. Most observers and analysts believe Nazarbayev won the election easily, but consider the declared victory margin, and especially the turnout figure, implausibly high.
Kazakhstan's leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, swept to victory in a snap presidential election on April 3, garnering 95.5 percent of the vote. The election, he asserted, showed that Kazakhstan is democratizing, even though international observers found serious flaws in the conduct of the balloting.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is poised to cruise to victory in Kazakhstan’s presidential election on April 3, has resided at the pinnacle of the Central Asian nation’s political system for more than two decades. But his roots stretch back to a village standing in the shadows of the snow-capped Tian Shan Mountains.
After a quiet campaign, voters in Kazakhstan will cast ballots in a snap presidential election on April 3. The outcome is not in doubt: the incumbent, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is expected to coast to victory. Just about the only elements of uncertainty concern turnout on electionday and Nazarbayev’s margin of victory.
Officials in Kazakhstan are working to solidify international backing for the country’s early presidential election on April 3. So far, Astana has found the international community to be generally supportive.
With President Nursultan Nazarbayev expected to win reelection easily on April 3, opposition politicians and pundits are looking beyond the vote. Some say the president needs to address personnel issues to ensure the continuation of prevailing political stability.