As Kazakh elections approach, longtime president Nursultan Nazarbayev will not be on the ballot. He’s been credited with keeping stability, but criticized over human rights. Now opposition activists are using art to express their opinions.
The designated successor of former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev has won the presidency in a vote overshadowed by the arrests of more than 500 protesters. Nazarbayev stepped down in March after decades in power.
There is a sense of excitement about the presidential election — the first without longtime President Nursultan Nazarbayev. But the opposition fears nothing will change just yet. Emily Sherwin reports from Kazakhstan.
The presence of long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev looms large over elections in Kazakhstan, as his handpicked successor admitted Nazarbayev still exerted power. Some 500 people were detained for protesting.
Nursultan Nazarbayev was the longest-serving leader in the post-Soviet world. He unexpectedly announced his resignation, without naming a successor, but his exit is not necessarily a surprise.
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