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Kazakhstan to have early presidential vote in 2 months
2019-04-09 14:12:14

Kazakhstan's interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered an early presidential election in two months' time.

"In accordance with the country’s constitution, I have made a decision to set a snap presidential election for June 9, 2019," Tokayev said.

He vowed to ensure that the election is fair and transparent.

According to Tokayev, the presidential election will be held in order to eliminate any uncertainty at an important time in the country’s history and "ensure the stability and continuity of the policy course" set by Kazakhstan’s first President Nusrultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev announced his resignation last month after three decades in office.

Nazarbayev took the helm in Kazakhstan in 1990, when it was still part of the Soviet Union and led it for three decades.
The 78-year-old has retained the honorary title of "Elbasy" or "Leader of the Nation" and is still the chairman of the nation's Security Council and the head of the ruling Nur Otan party.