The "Nur Otan" Democratic People's Party (Kazakh: "Nur Otan" Халықтық Демократиялық Партиясы, romanized: "Nur Otan" Halyqtyq Demokratııalyq Partııasy; Russian: "Nur Otan" Народно-Демократическая Партия, romanized: "Nur Otan" Narodno-Demokraticheskaya Partiya)), called simply Nur Otan (lit. 'Radiant Fatherland'), is the ruling political party in Kazakhstan with over 762,000 members.
|Party Leader||Nursultan Nazarbayev|
|Founded||September 25, 2006|
|Merger of||Fatherland, Asar, Civic Party, Agrarian Party|
|Youth wing||Zhas Otan|
|Political position||Big tent|
|Seats in Mazhilis|
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The party's predecessor, Fatherland was originally established on February 12, 1999 after the merger of several pro-presidential parties, including the People's Union of Kazakhstan Unity, the Liberal Movement of Kazakhstan and the "For Kazakhstan - 2030" Movement. At the "uniting" congress the new party outlined a program largely supportive of the government of Nazarbayev.
At the last legislative elections under the Otan banner in 2004, the party won 60.6% of the popular vote and 42 out of 77 seats. Otan merged with Dariga Nazarbayeva's Asar on 25 September 2006, increasing the party's seats by 4 to 46 out of 77.
After the merged party was formed, Nazarbayev remarked to his daughter "Tell your Asar members that... you are returning to your father." Nazarbayeva said on 19 June 2006 that all pro-Presidential parties should combine to create a grouping "with which no other party will be able to compete in the next 50 years."
In December 2006 it was announced that the Civic Party and the Agrarian Party would follow in Asar's path and also merge with Otan to increase Otan's share of MP's from 46 to 57 seats out of 77. Nazarbayev said he expected other parties to merge with Otan. Nazarbayev said there should be fewer, stronger parties that "efficiently defend the interests of the population." At the subsequent party congress on 22 December 2006, delegates voted to rename the party Nur Otan.
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- Official Website (Kazakh, Russian, English)