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In Rare Climbdown, Kazakh Leader Delays Land Reforms for 5 Years

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday deferred for five years a plan to lease large areas of farmland to foreign investors, in a rare climbdown that followed a wave of protests in a country he has controlled since 1989. The protests, in April and May, were sparked by fears the reforms would allow foreigners — especially Chinese companies — to take over farmland, though many Kazakhs also demonstrated to express general discontent at Nazarbayev's rule. To defuse the...

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