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The 74-year-old former steelworker has ruled the nation since independence from the Soviet Union and was virtually unchallenged in election
Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev on his 97% election victory: 'I apologize if these numbers are unacceptable for the super democratic countries but there was nothing I could do'
The election commission claimed a record turnout of 95.22% in Sunday’s polls.
the election involved giving voters paper ballots that said: "Do you approve of President Saddam Hussein being the President of the Republic?" They then used pens to mark "yes" or "no".The next day, Izzat Ibrahim, Hussein's deputy in the ruling Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), announced the incumbent had won 99.96% of some 8.4 million valid votes cast. Officially, 3,052 people voted against him (45 of them in Baghdad), and turnout was 99.47%
The most common sentiment heard from ordinary voters was that Saddam had managed to keep the country together and provided strong leadership, implying his overthrow would lead to the sort of chaos seen in Bosnia and Herzegovina or Lebanon
a reply to: tothetenthpower
I just love the guy's quote, like he's saying yeah..the west doesn't believe me, but you know..the numbers and all..
Meanwhile, the government sees science playing a major role in the nation's progress. In his Address to the Nation in January, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke of the importance of investing in science and "the development of new high-tech sectors."
During the second and subsequent five-year plans, we should establish the industries of mobile and multimedia technology, nanotechnology and space technology, robotics, genetic engineering, and future energy exploration. The key priority of the Government's work is to create most favorable conditions for Kazakhstan's business, mainly small and medium-sized enterprises.
In the next 10 to 15 years, it is necessary to develop a knowledge-intensive basis for the economy. Without this basis we cannot join the group of developed countries. And it must be founded on advanced science.
Kazakhstan has built good ties with neighbouring Russia and China as well. Nazarbayev has promoted market reforms and attracted $200bn in foreign direct investment, turning his steppe nation into the second-largest economy in the former Soviet Union and the biggest former Soviet oil producer after Russia.
Xinhua reports that China and Kazakhstan have signed 33 deals worth $23.6 billion ranging from hydropower to steel.
The agreements were made during a visit by Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Masimov to China after a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the state news agency said late Friday.
The deals reportedly cover oil refining and cars. No other details were disclosed.
“The inking of the deals show the success of bilateral cooperation, and proves that the two countries’ economies are complementary,” Li was quoted as saying. “China’s equipment and technology are cost-effective, which are suitable for countries promoting industrialization,” he added.