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President's party wins big in vote

August 19, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev's party won 88% of the vote in a parliamentary election in which all other parties failed to reach a 7% hurdle for representation, early results announced by the Central Election Commission showed today. The vote was being closely watched for indications of whether the ex-Soviet state was committed to democracy and pluralism.

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