Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has referred to as a snap presidential election, citing the necessity to remove political uncertainty within the oil-rich Central Asian nation.
Tokayev, who changed Nursultan Nazarbayev following his shock resignation final month, used a state tv tackle on Tuesday to announce a polling date of June 9.
“We should proceed to work on the implementation of the technique of Elbasy,” Tokayev stated, referring to Nazarbayev by his constitutional title which interprets as “Chief of the Nation”.
“This may be achieved solely by the direct expression of the desire of the individuals… Because the performing head of state I assure that the elections shall be held truthfully, overtly and pretty.”
Tokayev stated that he had consulted with Nazarbayev in addition to different high officers together with the ex-president’s daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, previous to saying the vote.
“Due to Elbasy now we have constructed a profitable state that’s famend all through the world. Kazakhstan has taken up a revered place within the worldwide neighborhood,” Tokayev stated.
Tokayev took workplace in a pomp-filled ceremony lower than 24 hours after Nazarbayev, the one chief an impartial Kazakhstan has identified, abruptly introduced he was stepping down final month.
Nazarbayev, 78, has been identified for cautious diplomacy that advantages key companions Russia and China whereas sustaining cordial ties with the West.
However the nation has no historical past of holding elections deemed free or truthful by Western vote screens and is often criticised by rights teams for cracking down on dissent.
Tokayev was beforehand the chief of the senate, the place he was succeeded by Nazarbayeva, triggering speak of an eventual dynastic succession.
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