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Literacy tests for Kazakh opposition

The dictatorial leader of a central Asian republic has come up with a clever way to block rivals from standing against him — by making them take a spelling test.

KAZAKHSTAN – The dictatorial leader of a central Asian republic has come up with a clever way to block rivals from standing against him — by making them take a spelling test.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, told the country’s electoral commission to force candidates to undertake a strict language and grammar test in the Kazakh language.

His opponents say the tests are a way of blocking them from running, as most of the country’s population only speaks Russian. (Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union for decades.)

The first candidates took the tests this week, but will be allowed only one mistake before being disqualified.

 
 
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