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Kazakh Opposition Candidate Outlines Plan To End Poverty

Zharmakhan Tuyakbai (file photo) (RFE/RL) Astana, 29 November 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakh opposition presidential candidate Zharmakhan Tuyakbai has said that his party can wipe out poverty in Kazakhstan if it is allowed to change the political and judicial system in the country.

Tuyakbai , the leader of Kazakhstan's opposition group For a Just Kazakhstan, made his remarks in a campaign speech broadcast on Kazakh television last night.

Tuyakbai said two things need to be tackled to end povery in Kazakhstan. He said the first step would be to put an end to the "arbitrariness and corruption" of Kazakh authorities.

He said the second step would be to deposit 50 percent of profits from state firms producing raw materials into individual citizens' bank accounts.

Kazakh presidential candidates are in the last phases of their campaigning before voters head to the polls on 4 December.

Tuyakbai was the last of the five presidential candidates to speak on national television. According to Kazakh law, each presidential candidate is allowed 15 minutes of airtime on state television and 10 minutes on national radio.

While all the other candidates had the dates and times of their speeches announced ahead of time, Tuyakbai's speech appeared on national television unannounced.

Tuyakbai is a former speaker of the lower house of the Kazakh parliament. He joined the opposition after saying that parliamentary elections had been rigged.

(RFE/RL's Kazakh Service/Kazakh TV)

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