Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kazakhstan elected president this weekend

More than a thousand observers around the world, including twenty Spanish, go to the presidential elections Kazakhstan celebrates this Sunday, April 3, and in which the current head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev, appears as the clear favorite to defend its mandate . Of the 16.4 million people in Kazakhstan, more than eight million eligible to participate in Sunday's election and, according to a survey just released this Friday in Spain Embassy in that country, 80 percent of these voters would go to the polls.

That same survey, conducted by the Institute of Democracy and Scientific Research Association of China, indicates that a 91.2 per cent of the 1,500 respondents opted for Nazarbayev as a favorite of the four candidates who attend. Of the 1,059 foreign observers who will monitor the clean elections, 20 are Spanish and of these, 14 come as part of the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the other six are deputies and senators of the PSOE and PP invited by the Kazakh government and are led by the Senate's second vice president, Juan José Lucas.

The OSCE has denounced the "insufficient participation" in the elections by opposition parties, which has created "an environment of no competition." In addition to Nazarbayev, to attend the elections three other candidates, Communist leader, Zhambil Ajmetbékov, the independent and environmentalist Mels Eleusizov, and the leader of the Party of Patriots, Guni Kasimov.

Kasimov said that "since the beginning of the campaign and the result was predictable, and journalists, of course, if there is any kind of event, confrontation or conflict, this is not any interest." The Communist leader, Ajmetbékov, trust "in a fair count of votes received our party. We are counting the votes that I meet is a sign of discomfort level of society." Nazarbayev, 70 years in power in Kazakhstan since 1991, when the republic was still embedded in the Soviet Union, was presented to the re-election after rejecting the call for a referendum by popular initiative that sought to extend his term until 2020 without stand for election.

The current Kazakh President has already said that among his priorities, should win on Sunday, include the deepening of the legislative, judicial and local power, and strengthening cooperation with Russia, China, United States, the European Union The rest of Central Asia and other Islamic countries.

The OSCE ensures clarity and good work in the elections. In December warned of the opacity of the presidential process in Belarus. After the victory of Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, more than 600 people were arrested, including several representatives of the opposition.

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