Kazakhstan to vote for long-term ruler to stay put while keeping eye on unrest in Ukraine

April 24, 2015 9:16 AM

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Kazakhstan to vote for long-term ruler to stay put while keeping eye on unrest in Ukraine

FILE - In this Saturday, April 18, 2015 file photo, Kazakhstan's President and the main presidential candidate Nursultan Nazarbayev is seen during the opening of the "Moscow" subway station of the Almaty metro system in Almaty, Kazakhstan. As oil-rich Kazakhstan votes for a president Sunday, April 26, 2015, the governing elite is pounding home a mantra of stability as fears percolate about the country's massive Russian minority taking inspiration from the Moscow-backed insurgency in Ukraine.With authorities clamping down on all opposition, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s re-election is a done deal. The former Communist party boss’ two rivals - a trade union leader and a Communist politician- have negligible public profiles and are standing only to create the illusion of competition. (AP Photo/Pavel Mikheyev, file) (The Associated Press)

ALMATY, Kazakhstan – As oil-rich Kazakhstan votes for a president Sunday, the governing elite is pounding home a mantra of stability as fears percolate about the country's massive Russian minority taking inspiration from the Moscow-backed insurgency in Ukraine.

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