Kazakhstan: Right Union leader urges his followers to vote the United Social Democratic Party
Anatoly Ahmetov, leader of the Kazakh Right Union, joined the United Social Democratic Party and urged owners of autos with right side steering wheel to vote this party in the forthcoming Majilis election.
In late 2006, the Kazakh Security Council banned import of autos with right side steering wheel into the country as of January 1, 2007, and ordered all of them off the roads in three years time. Enraged by the ban, merchants and owners of these autos founded a steering committee of the movement and made Ahmetov its chairman.
The discontented knocked at every door, Ahmetov said, but the opposition alone proved to be sympathetic. "The United Social Democratic Party and Alga are the only structures who really helped owners of autos with right side steering wheel."
"Incorrect" auto owners' struggle lasted nine months. It was only in June 2007 that the Interior Ministry recalled the draft law from the parliament and permitted the use of autos with right side steering wheels. "I do not doubt that the uncompromising stand the United Social Democratic Party took on the matter played a decisive role," Ahmetov said. "Hence my decision to join it as a party that has always fought and will keep fighting for justice and for the people and that has proved its determination. I urge all owners of autos with right side steering wheels to vote for this party in the parliamentary and local elections or else to vote for the candidates backed by this party. After all, the United Social Democratic Party stood up for them and their constitutional rights."