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Kazakh parliament passes bill on early polls (02.02.2011)

Kazakhstan's parliament today approved amendments to the constitution allowing President Nursultan Nazarbaev to call an early presidential election.

U.S. criticizes move to extend Kazakh president's term via referendum (04.01.2011)

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan said Washington believes that a national referendum to replace the presidential elections guaranteed by Kazakhstan's constitution would be a "setback for democracy in Kazakhstan."

Six months into OSCE chair, Kazakhstan found wanting in Kyrgyz events (30.06.2010)

As Kazakhstan hits the halfway mark in its one-year chairmanship, many observers have said the OSCE's response to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan has been lackadaisical, if not downright negligent.

Afghan reconciliation process must respect constitutional order, Ban says (16.03.2010)

Cautioning against a militarization of the overall effort towards greater peace and democracy in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is growing consensus for a political process to end the conflict, as well as for the establishment of a programme to reintegrate low- and mid-level...

Foreign U.N. staffers return to Afghanistan (15.03.2010)

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan is no longer keeping staff abroad as a security measure, after it evacuated hundreds of foreign workers following an attack last year, a spokeswoman said on Monday. Scores of the evacuated workers have returned to Afghanistan, while others have quit and...

Kazakstan to enshrine political pluralism in law (08.09.2009)

New bill envisages multiparty legislature, though critics say the authorities will seek to handpick parliamentary “opponents”. … Analysts see the move as part of Kazakstan’s desire to produce a better set of democratic credentials when its turn comes to chair of the Organisation for Cooperation and...

Rights group urging improvements, as OSCE chair looms (24.06.2009)

A global human rights watchdog says Kazakhstan is risking a public relations debacle unless it takes fast action to ease restrictions on mass media and promote political openness.