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Four Candidates To Run In Kazakh Presidential Election

People walk past an election poster of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in Almaty.
Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission has announced that it has officially registered four candidates to run in the April 3 presidential election.

Incumbent Nursultan Nazarbaev, Zhambyl Akhmetbekov of the Communist People's Party, Gani Kasymov of the Patriots' Party, and independent candidate and environmentalist Mels Eleusizov have until April 1 to campaign.

Twenty-two people originally announced their intention to run: 11 failed the mandatory language proficiency test and the other seven were unable to meet other registration requirements.

compiled from agency reports