Kazakhstan to hold snap election
Nursultan Nazarbayev calls for early presidential election after rejecting plan to hold a controversial referendum.
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2011 07:35 GMT
US State Department welcomed the president's decision, calling it "the right decision" [GALLO/GETTY]
Kazakhstan's president has called for a snap presidential election on April 3.
Friday's presidential decree will end Nursultan Nazarbayev's current term in office about 20 months before it was due to end.
Earlier, Nazarbayev rejected a plan to hold a referendum which was designed to allow him to rule unopposed for another decade.
Nazarbayev, 70, has ruled Kazakhstan for two decades and is almost certain to win the snap election he called.
Analysts say the opposition, which was caught off guard by the announcement, would simply not have enough time to prepare for the polls. more ...
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Even Nazarbayev is enough concerned about the rising desire for popular suffrage that he is pretending to open up his country. Of course it isn't what it seems. See the whole of Abubakar's report by clicking on the title above.