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Kazakh Opposition Wins -- One Seat In Parliament

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo) Astana, 23 September 2004 -- Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission says President Nursultan Nazarbaev's party has won the majority of seats in parliament, and the opposition won just one seat.

Results released today show that Nazarbaev's Otan (Fatherland) party won 33 seats, the pro-presidential Aist (Stork) party won 10 seats, and Asar (All Together) -- the party headed by Nazarbaev's eldest daughter -- won three seats. Independent candidates won eight of the 77 seats decided in the elections 19 September, which included a new system of electronic voting.

The opposition Ak Zhol party won just one seat. The commission, which took four days to announce the results, said there will be runoff elections for 22 additional seats.

Opposition parties have said they will refuse to accept the election results alleging there was widespread fraud. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United States have both said Kazakhstan failed to meet its promise of running a free and fair election.

(AP/Reuters/AFP/Kazakh Service)

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