Kazym-Jomart Tokayev on the verge of winning Kazakhstan’s presidential elections (preliminary results)
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Almaty (Kazakhstan) (AFP) – Outgoing Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appears close to winning a landslide victory in snap presidential elections in Central Asia’s largest country, according to preliminary results released on Monday.
The electoral commission in the oil-rich country said Tokayev, 69, who came to power in 2019, won 81.31 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election.
None of his five competitors, unknown to voters, managed to top 3.42 percent of the vote, while 5.8 percent of voters chose not to choose either candidate.
This oil-rich former Soviet republic at the crossroads of important trade routes was thrown into chaos in January when protests over the cost of living escalated into riots before being brutally crushed, killing 238 people.
The elections represent an opportunity for Tokayev over the next seven years to consolidate his power after a black year marked by bloody unrest and intense conflict between the wings of power.
Hoping to turn the page after a turbulent year, Tokayev said he was looking for “a new period of confidence among the people” in these elections.
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