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Tokayev re-elected President of Kazakhstan with 81.31 votes

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In January 2022, Tokayev issued a “shoot to kill” order on protesters, resulting in at least 238 deaths.

JASON SZENES/EPA

In January 2022, Tokayev issued a “shoot to kill” order on protesters, resulting in at least 238 deaths.

JASON SZENES/EPA

Kazakhstan’s incumbent president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, won Sunday’s early presidential election in Central Asia’s largest country by a wide margin, according to preliminary results.

The 69-year-old head of state, who came to power in 2019, won with 81.31% of the voteaccording to preliminary information provided by the Central Electoral Commission.

Of the nearly 12 million registered voters, 69.44% voted, or about 8.3 million.provided the same information.

These early elections were intended to confirm Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in power, who prevented any claims from the main opponents🇧🇷 Voters could only choose between the current leader and five candidates who were not credible and untrustworthy and did not get more than 3.42% of the vote.

In January 2022, Tokayev, who gave orders shoot to kill protesterswhich resulted in the death of at least 238 people, presented himself in these elections as a propagandist for renewal and national harmony.

This election is the highlight of the year strong social unrest in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, rich in natural resources, initially emerging from deep social inequality. Now this former diplomat promises to dedicate himself to a “new Kazakhstan” that is fairer and less corrupt.

To this end, he removed the powerful clan of influential ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev from decision-making, strengthening his position.

Observers for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have already expressed regret that the recommendations “concerning fundamental freedoms and conditions for the eligibility and registration of candidates” did not respect🇧🇷

Tokayev, who came to power after Nazarbayev’s unexpected resignation in March 2019, first accepted the policy of succession with his predecessor and mentor, then broke with the all-powerful former president after bloody January.

Demonstrating the instability that still reigns in the Asian country, the authorities announced on Thursday the arrest of seven supporters of an exiled opponent accused of involvement in plotting a “coup d’état.”

Source: Observador

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