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20 Aug, 2007 12:12

Kazakh opposition says election results were rigged

Kazakh opposition says election results were rigged

Kazakhstan's opposition party Ak Zhol has called for a recount of Saturday's vote and the creation of a special commission to examine the results.

Kazakhstan's ruling presidential party Nur Otan won a landslide victory, taking 88 % of the vote, securing all the available seats.

None of the six opposition parties managed to cross the 7 % threshold necessary for getting into the assembly.  

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe say the election failed to meet all international standards.