Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh went to the polls on May 3 to elect a new parliament, in a vote that has triggered fears of renewed violence in an area criss-crossed by key oil and gas pipelines.
A landslide victory in Kazakhstan’s election on April 26 saw Nursultan Nazarbayev retain the presidency. However, dire trade data and mounting pressure on the economy means the celebrations could be short lived.
The World Bank and the Uzbek government signed a $150mn loan for Uzbek agricultural projects amid international human rights groups’ concerns over the use of forced labour in the country’s cotton industry.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s long-term president, bettered his performance in a snap presidential election on April 26, receiving 97.7% of the vote on a 95.22% turnout, according to the preliminary election results.