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Kazakhstan set to vote on constitution reform in Putin-like process

Critics say proposed changes to 'super presidential' system are superficial

Women in front of the Akorda, the official residence of Kazakhstan's president in Nur-Sultan: The government says the proposed constitutional reforms will water down presidential powers.   © Reuters

ALMATY -- Kazakhstan goes to the polls on Sunday for a referendum on constitutional reforms the government says will water down the powers of the president and overhaul the country's political system. Critics, however, say the changes are largely cosmetic, and that the style of referendum is reminiscent of Russia.

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