Kazakh MPs ask President Nazarbayev to extend his rule in early polls

February 18, 2015 8:05 AM

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Kazakh MPs ask President Nazarbayev to extend his rule in early polls

ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's parliament asked President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday to set the date for an early election which is likely to extend his rule over the oil producing nation into a fourth decade.

The lower house of parliament, dominated by Nazarbayev's ruling Nur Otan party, swiftly passed a 104-0 vote to back a proposal for him to seek re-election this year. The 74-year-old authoritarian leader has ruled Kazakhstan since 1989.

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