Kazakh leader dissolves parliament, calls election

ALMATY Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:32pm EST

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ALMATY Nov 16 (Reuters) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev dissolved the lower house of parliament on Wednesday and called a snap parliamentary election for Jan. 15-16, a presidential order said.

The election from party lists will be held on Jan. 15. Other deputies will be chosen by the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan, a consultative body loyal to Nazarbayev, the following day.

The presidential order was published in the official gazette Kazakhstanskaya Pravda and is effective from the day of publication. It follows a petition by members of parliament last week asking the president to dissolve the body.

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