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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in its assessment of Sunday’s election that the vote lacked the conditions needed for genuine competition.

According to preliminary results, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party won 80.7 percent of the vote. Two other parties — the business-oriented Ak Zhol, which avoids confrontation with the government, and the People’s Communist Party — got slightly more than 7 percent of the nationwide vote each, clearing the threshold to enter parliament.

That ends the total control of parliament once held by the president’s party, but concerns remain that the legislature will still not be a forum for real debate.

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