Kazakhstan’s Tokayev secures landslide victory in presidential election

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev secured a second time period in Sunday’s snap election, successful 81.31% of the vote, the Central Asian nation’s Central Election Fee stated on Monday, citing preliminary knowledge.

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He had been broadly anticipated to increase his rule of the oil-rich nation for an additional seven years, with a powerful mandate to proceed his more and more impartial international coverage, as the previous Soviet republic navigates the Russia-Ukraine disaster.

“We can say that the people have expressed convincing confidence in me as president and all of you,” Tokayev, 69, had advised his workers earlier, referring to exit polls favoring him.

The marketing campaign would “go down in history”, the previous diplomat added.

Voter turnout was 69.44%, with 5 different candidates getting within the low single digits, the info confirmed. Voters’ second hottest selection was “against all”, with 5.8% of the vote.

Due to the exit polls, a number of different Central Asian leaders congratulated Tokayev on Monday forward of the preliminary outcomes.

Tokayev gained his first election in 2019 with the help of predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, however the two clashed this yr in violent unrest within the nation of 20 million, and Sunday’s vote cemented his energy as an impartial chief.

(Reuters)

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