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Kazakhstan’s snap elections held on 20th March rendered unsurprising results. With presidential succession in mind, foreign investors would benefit from understanding how recent parliamentary elections can impact network alliances and the state resources they (eventually) receive.
Since Petro Poroshenko’s presidential victory in May 2014, he and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk maintained a relative balance of power. But as the President begins his second year in office, that balance has shifted in Poroshenko’s favour.
He may have consolidated political control with the appointment of his protégée, Volodymyr Groysman, as Prime Minister, but there are no guarantees that the Cabinet reshuffle that replaced Western-favored technocrats with his political allies will make it to the end of the year.