Election day in Kazakhstan: Making the effort

By Anne O'Connell

ATYRAU, Kazakhstan – Nov. 20 dawned cold and gray as the sun rose in Western Kazakhstan. Days typically start later here on the wind-swept steppe, where the sun rises close to 9 a.m.  But today is a very special Sunday, in that it is Election Day, a chance for the Kazakh people to choose a brand-new president to fulfill a seven-year term.

A few fun facts to note about this remote and mysterious country in Central Asia. Kazakhstan gained independence in 1991, the last of the Soviet Bloc . . .