KAZAKHSTAN : Ak Zhol applies for registration of presidential candidate

The Kazakh opposition party Ak Zhol has applied to register Alikhan Baimenov as its presidential candidate.

The party submitted an extract from the protocol of its special congress, which nominated Ak Zhol leader Baimenov as the party’s presidential candidate, to the Kazakh Central Elections Commission along with a written statement affirming Baimenov’s intention to run for president..

The congress nominated Baimenov as its presidential candidate on Sunday.

Presidential elections are to be held on December 4.

Baimenov as its candidate for the presidential election to be held on December 4.

The nomination was backed unanimously by all of the 117 delegates to this party’s congress on Sunday.

Baimenov, 46, is an engineer and has a candidate’s degree in mechanical engineering. He previously held state posts and was chief of the presidential staff.

The Ak Zhol party split in winter 2005, and some of its former leaders, expelled from the party, announced the formation of a new, True Ak Zhol party, which has not been registered by the Justice Ministry, however.

Baimenov’s nomination has brought the number of presidential candidates to 12.

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