3 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Leaders of the For A Fair Kazakhstan opposition alliance today said authorities had formally registered their movement.
The movement says in a statement the Justice Ministry handed in the registration papers yesterday.
"It's good new that we've got our registration [papers]. Our hands are now untied," Serikbai Alibai, who heads the alliance's Astana branch, told RFE/RL's Kazakh Service. In the past our activities were restricted. But now, whatever we decide to do in the name of the movement, we have the right to do, it is entirely legal. According to [Kazakhstan's] most recent regulations, a movement can be fined or even face trial if it is not officially registered."
The registration formally authorizes Kazakhstan's largest opposition alliance to nominate its candidate in the next presidential elections.Government officials say the vote is scheduled for December 2006.
But the opposition insists it should take place much earlier.
For A Fair Kazakhstan is made up of three main opposition political groupings -- the Real Ak Zhol Democratic Party of Kazakhstan, the Communist Party, and representatives of the now disbanded Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan.
Its leader is Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, a former parliament speaker and member of Kazakhstan's Otan ruling party who is expected to run against President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
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