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75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015    

ASTANA/ALMATY Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy.Nicknamed "Papa" and officially titled "Leader of the Nation", he extended his 26-year reign in April by another five years, "apologising" to his critics for cornering 97.7 percent of the vote in an early election which Western observers said offered no real alternative.With sweeping powers that enable hi...

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