Bush Pushes Nazarbayev for Reform

by Nathan Hamm on 8/3/2005 · 1 comment

President Bush has sent President Nazarbayev a letter urging him to add democratic reforms to Kazakhstan’s economic successes.

“The latest events in the region have stressed the importance of a balanced economic growth, responsible governance and democratic development,” Bush told Nazarbayev in a letter sent Monday, the president’s press office said. “I urge you to make sure that economic reforms are backed up with bold democratic reforms in Kazakhstan.”

Bush also urged Nazarbayev to ensure the country’s upcoming presidential elections were free and fair.

In a related story, Alikhan Baimenov, the chairman of Ak Zhol, is in the US discussing political reform in Kazakhstan with Western analysts.


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