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Obama Is 'America's Gorbachev,' Kazakh Politician Says


The deputy chairman of Kazakhstan's Azat opposition party, Petr Svoik, has compared U.S. President-elect Barack Obama with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

In an interview with RFE/RL's Kazakh Service, Svoik said that Obama is "America's Gorbachev" because the president-elect is coming to power in a challenging time for the United States, and it is clear that significant changes will take place in the country under his leadership.

But, Svoik said -- like Gorbachev -- Obama might end up with limited influence on the processes initiated by his own reforms.

-- Kazakh Service

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