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Kazakhstan political reform

Kazakhstan’s First Go at Direct Elections of District Mayors

Kazakhstan’s First Go at Direct Elections of District Mayors

By Colleen Wood
Incumbents from the ruling party swept elections for district-level leadership.

Pair of Trials Put Behind Closed Doors in Kazakhstan

Pair of Trials Put Behind Closed Doors in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Two different trials, of two separate unregistered political party leaders, were both placed behind closed doors this week. 
Mamai ‘Banned Everywhere’ as Court Clarifies Suspended Sentence Terms 

Mamai ‘Banned Everywhere’ as Court Clarifies Suspended Sentence Terms 

By Catherine Putz
The court clarified that Mamai, a noted opposition politician, is indeed banned from all conceivable forms of participation in social or political conversations in Kazakhstan. 

Hopes for Renewal Disappointed Again in Kazakhstan

Hopes for Renewal Disappointed Again in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Political manipulations stripped the people of the choice they were promised in Kazakhstan’s latest parliamentary election.

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges

By Paolo Sorbello
De-Nazarbayevification moves further onward with plans to scrap the law “On the First President” 

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

By Catherine Putz
In “New Kazakhstan,” an typical old Kazakhstan-style election grants Tokayev power through 2029.

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?

By Rakhimbek Abdrakhmanov
If Kazakhstan wants long-term economic growth, it needs economic and political constraints and counterweights.
Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

By Catherine Putz
After eight months in jail, and mounting pressure, the charges against Mamai were recently reclassified and he's been released to house arrest.

Kazakhstan Headed for Election Lacking Competition 

Kazakhstan Headed for Election Lacking Competition 

By Catherine Putz
As usual, there will be multiple names on the ballot come November 20 but only one real choice.

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”

Is There a New Kazakhstan?

Is There a New Kazakhstan?

By Bruce Pannier
Not yet, despite the president’s repeated assertions otherwise.
Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?

By Catherine Putz
The troubles of Zhanbolat Mamai make it clear that Kazakh authorities have little interest in genuine political competition.

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