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Whether voting proceeds smoothly Monday could determine the admired academic’s future, as well as that of the nation.


Vote expected to re-elect president

ASTANA | A heavy turnout in Sunday’s election in Kazakhstan looked set to overwhelmingly reaffirm President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s domination of this oil-rich Central Asian nation.

Preliminary results were to be announced early Monday, and some estimate that Mr. Nazarbayev might get more than 90 percent of the vote. Early voters and 18-year-olds casting their ballot for the first time were rewarded with household goods, such as food blenders and electric kettles.

Mr. Nazarbayev, a 70-year-old former Communist Party boss, has ruled Kazakhstan virtually unchallenged since the 1980s, when it was still part of the Soviet Union.

Opposition politicians refused to take part in the election, called for a boycott and described the vote as a sham.


Foreign minister to quit party leadership post

BERLIN | Germany’s foreign minister said Sunday he will not seek another term as leader of the junior party in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition amid calls for his replacement after embarrassing losses in recent state elections.

Guido Westerwelle told reporters that he would not run again to lead the pro-business Free Democratic Party at the party’s congress next month, after the party’s poor results in last weekend’s elections in two southwestern states.

Mr. Westerwelle said he would concentrate his energy on his post as foreign minister.


Somalia creates new state: Azania

NAIROBI, Kenya | Somali politicians on Sunday announced the creation of a new state in the battle-scarred nation, a move condemned by Somalia’s fragile government, which said it could further fracture the already chaotic Horn of Africa country.

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