Kazakhstan to hold snap elections

Nov. 16, 2011, midnight

President Nursultan NAZARBAYEV of Kazakhstan dissolved the lower house of parliament on Wednesday and called for snap parliamentary elections on January 15. This will be the first election since a 2009 law, which requires at least two parties enter parliament. Currently, NAZARBAYEV’s Nur Otan Party holds all seats in parliament. Under the new law, however, the second-place party is guaranteed to enter parliament even if it does not reach the seven percent threshold.

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