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Two Kazakh Opposition Parties Merge --> Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, the head of the Social Democratic Party (file photo) (RFE/RL) June 11, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakhstan's opposition parties Naghyz AK Zhol and the Social Democratic Party are merging, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

The announcment of the two parties' merger was made in a joint statement signed by both parties' leaders.

The Social Democratic Party, led by former presidential candidate Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, was registered in 2006, and Naghyz AK Zhol was registered earlier this year.

Recent amendments to Kazakhstan's constitution, including changes to the structure of parliament, have sparked speculation that early parliamentary elections will be held this year.

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