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Reelected Kazakh Leader Reappoints Trusted PM as Growth Slows

Veteran Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, elected for a new five-year term over the weekend, on Wednesday reappointed loyalist Karim Masimov as prime minister, at a time when growth in the oil-fueled economy is slowing down. Nazarbayev, 74, has ruled the Central Asian nation with sweeping powers and little tolerance of dissent since 1989, when he became its Communist Party boss. On April 26, he won a new five-year term in a snap election, receiving 97.75 percent of the vote. The...

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