ASTANA: Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev easily wins a new seven-year term In a snap election, voters had the option to reject all six of the candidates. The country’s central electoral commission stated Monday.
According to chairman of elections commission, Tokayev won more than 81% of votes in Sunday’s election. Nurlan Abdirov. Five candidates were on this ballot against Tokayev. Nearly 6 percentage of voters chose the “against all” option.
The campaign period was short and candidates were not able to pose significant challenges because it began in October.
Tokayev has taken steps in Kazakhstan to keep it away from Russia, its long-standing ally and dominant regional power.
He said that Russia did not recognize the Ukrainian regions it declared to be sovereign at the beginning of the conflict in February. Hundreds of thousands of Russians fled to Kazakhstan after the conflict. President Vladimir Putin issued a conscription command in September.
Tokayev’s birth President Following the resignation of Nursultan NazarbayevHe was widely expected to carry on the authoritarian rule of the man who led the resource-rich nation since its independence from the Soviet Union.
Nazarbayev was still a powerful head of the national safety council. In his honor, the capital was renamed Nur-Sultan.
In January, violence broke out when protests in provincial cities, initially sparked from a rise in fuel prices, spread to other cities, including Almaty, the commercial capital. The demonstrations became too political and demonstrators began shouting “Old man out!” In reference to Nazarbayev.
As police brutally subdued the unrest, more than 220 people died, mostly protesters.
Tokayev resigned Nazarbayev’s security council position amid the violence. He restored Astana as the capital’s old name, and the Parliament Kazakhstan has repealed a law that granted Nazarbayev’s family immunity from prosecution.
Kairat Satybaldy (one of Nazarbayev’s nephews) was sentenced in September for embezzlement and was sentenced to six-years in prison. NazarbayevAfter voting on Sunday, he declared: “It has to be thought that the decision of the court was just.”
Tokayev was later instrumental in reforms, including strengthening the parliament and reducing the presidential powers. term.