15 July 1997 ANEWLY ELECTED AND EVER MORE PLIant parliament, a new constitution practically enshrining a presidential dictatorship, an apathetic populace, and an opposition in total disarray left President Nursultan Nazarbayev in a formidable position in 1996. During the year, Nazarbayev ruled with an increasingly authoritarian hand, manifested by a clampdown on independent media, the […]

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