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Dozens detained in anti-government protest in Kazakhstan

Jul. 6, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More than one hundred people have been detained at anti-government rallies in Kazakhstan on Saturday amid a continuing wave of public discontent over a perceived orchestrated handover of power. Protests first rocked this Central Asian nation in the spring, when long-time President Nursultan...

Kazakhstan updates tally of protest arrests to nearly 4,000

Jun. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Kazakhstan arrested nearly 4,000 people during protests before and after a June 9 presidential election, and 700 were detained for several days, the country's interior minister reported Tuesday. Protests took place in Kazakhstan on election day and continued for several days over...

New Kazakh president plans to stay on predecessor's course

Jun. 12, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The new president of Kazakhstan promised during his inauguration Wednesday to continue the course set by his predecessor, who led the Central Asian country since it gained independence in 1991. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took the oath of office three days after an election that took place among...

Kazakhstan: Tokayev named winner of presidency amid protests

Jun. 10, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An ally of Kazakhstan's former president was named winner of the presidential election on Monday in a vote marred by a police crackdown on protesters who criticized the result as an orchestrated handover of power. The Central Election Commission in the Central Asian country said final results...

Kazakhstan: Protests of presidential vote bring 500 arrests

Jun. 9, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police detained hundreds of people in Kazakhstan amid unauthorized protests of a presidential election Sunday that opponents alleged was a fake exercise in democracy. Officers, some in riot gear with shields and helmets, broke up the demonstrations in the capital, Nur-Sultan, and in Almaty,...

Former president still looms over Kazakh election

Jun. 7, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For the first time in nearly three decades of independence, Kazakhstan is holding a presidential election without Nursultan Nazarbayev on the ballot. But the longtime leader of the oil-rich Central Asian country still casts a long shadow on the vote. Nazarbayev loyalist Kassym-Jomart Tokayev,...