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Welcoming Central Asia's latest (official) dictator

Let's have a round of applause for Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan. Today, the country's parliament approved constitutional amendments that will give him lifetime immunity from prosecution and the title of "leader of the nation," so that even after (if?) he retires, he'll still have the right to approve policy. 

Kazakhstan was once considered one of the more developed of the Central Asian nations, with a booming banking industry (at least until the financial crisis). But Nazarbayev has swiftly quashed any notion of that recently, cracking down on opposition parties and backing bills like the above. 

Goodness knows when he finds the time to do it. As this video, brought to you by the TeleRadioComplex of the President of the Kazakh Republic, shows, he's a busy man, who spends each morning swimming laps to '70s porn music and afternoons touring historical sights to meet his grateful subjects (thanks to Simon Shuster for the video).

What makes this all especially great is that Kazakhstan currently holds the annually rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a group that likes to tout its role in supporting human rights.

 

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/kazakhstan/100513/nursultan-nazarbayev