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Kazakh opposition parties challenge election results

[JURIST] Opposition parties in Kazakhstan on Sunday announced they have challenged the results of an election on Dec. 4 [BBC report] that saw President Nursultan Nazarbayev [BBC profile] win another term. According to the opposition group "For a free Kazakhstan," it filed an appeal with the country's supreme court to have the results overturned. The results certified by the Central Election Commission showed Nazarbayev winning 91 percent of the vote, with his main challenger, former parliamentary speaker Zharmakhan Tuyakbai [campaign website, English version], only collecting 6.6 percent of the vote. International observers, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website; OSCE news release] have raised doubts about the legitimacy [JURIST report] of the results. Reuters has more.

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