Kazakhstan: Tokayev wins re-election

Source: NBC News

“Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev secured a second term in Sunday’s snap election, winning 81.31% of the vote, the central Asian nation’s Central Election Commission said on Monday, citing preliminary data. He had been widely expected to extend his rule over the oil-rich nation by seven more years, with a strong mandate to continue his increasingly independent foreign policy, as the former Soviet republic navigates the Russia-Ukraine crisis. … Voter turnout was 69.44%, with five other candidates scoring in the low single digits, data showed. Voters’ second most popular choice was ‘against everyone,’ with 5.8% of ballots. … Tokayev won his first election in 2019 with the backing of predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, but the two fell out this year amid violent unrest in the nation of 20 million, and Sunday’s vote consolidated his power as an independent leader.” (11/21/22)