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Exit Poll Predicts Landslide Re-Election for Kazakh President


An exit poll in Kazakhstan indicates that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev will stay in power for another seven year term.

The poll was conducted by the Moscow-based Center for Political Technologies. It gives Mr. Nazarbayev at least 85 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, followed by his main challenger, opposition leader Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, with about eight percent.

The Central Election Commission said that two hours before most of the country's polls closed, turnout was 68 percent.

More than 1,500 observers were on hand. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe - which provided the largest number of observers - expressed reservations about the fairness of the campaign.

The opposition has claimed the government used campaign fraud and corruption to ensure Mr. Nazarbayev's victory.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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