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Kazakhstan returns ruling party of President Nazarbayev - again

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By Euronews
Kazakhstan returns ruling party of President Nazarbayev - again

<p>The party of Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev has won a landslide in Sunday’s snap election. It captured 82 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll.</p> <p>The poll by local group Democracy Institute showed two other parties, the Communists and Ak Zhol, had passed the 7 percent threshold needed to win seats, meaning that the lower house, the Mazhilis, will include the same three parties as before.</p> <p>Nazarbayev called the vote in <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/23/davos-kazakhstan-seeks-slice-of-new-industrial-age">January</a>, apparently favouring an early election in case the economy, hit hard by the slump in the price of oil, were to worsen in the course of the year.</p> <p>Sunday’s election result comes as no surprise since the Nazarbayev has run the oil-rich Central Asian nation since 1989, brooking little dissent and which has never held an election judged free and fair be Western observers.</p>