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Elections in Kazakhstan and Nigeria, controversy in Italy and France, and a fake foreign devil in Beijing

By Prospect   April 2011

KAZAKHSTAN: Surprise election

Just weeks after the country’s one-party parliament approved a referendum to extend President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s current term to 2020, he decided to call a snap election for 3rd April. Opposition politicians have boycotted the “sham” elections, arguing they allow no time to campaign. Observers have suggested that Nazarbayev, who has ruled this energy-rich nation since 1991, was influenced by the Arab uprisings when he announced the vote in early February.

NIGERIA: Unsurprising election

Nigeria’s presidential, parliamentary and state elections, held between 2nd and 16th April, may signal whether the uprisings in north Africa have had an impact…

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