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Kazakh Oppositionist Now A Presidential Candidate

17 October 2005 -- Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, who heads Kazakhstan's main opposition movement, has been officially registered as a candidate in Kazakhstan's 4 December presidential election.

Tuyakbai, a former parliament speaker, is the leader of the For a Just Kazakhstan opposition coalition. He held a top post in Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's Otan party until last year, when he said results from the country's parliamentary elections were fraudulent. He then joined the opposition.