Tokayev wins Kazakh presidential poll 71pc of vote: Early results

Published: June 10, 2019 14:22:36 | Updated: June 11, 2019 10:08:31

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan's interim president and presidential candidate, votes during presidential election in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019 — Reuters photo

Kazakhstan’s interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, won a snap presidential election with 70.76 per cent of the vote, the Central Election Commission said on Monday, citing preliminary data.

The result came as little surprise after Nursultan Nazarbayev, who ruled oil producer Kazakhstan for almost three decades and retains sweeping powers, picked the 66-year-old career diplomat as his successor, reports Reuters.

Tokayev assumed the interim presidency after Nazarbayev’s resignation in March and has said he would continue the veteran leader’s policies and take advice from him on key matters.

Police detained about 500 hundred people who protested in the former Soviet republic’s two major cities last Sunday against what they called unfair elections designed to confirm Nazarbayev’s succession pick.

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