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Kazakhstan holds elections marred by fatal clashes

People in Kazakhstan are voting in parliamentary elections, with the pro-government party widely expected to win a landslide victory.

The Nur Otan party, headed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, won all the seats in the 107-member lower house in 2007.

However, for the first time the second-place party will now be guaranteed seats in the chamber even if it fails to cross a 7% vote threshold.

More than nine million people are eligible to vote in the elections

The poll comes less than a month after riots in which at least 16 people died.

The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports.

  • 15 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia