Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says the vote would enable him to begin implementing his plan to reform the nation and guarantee a fairer distribution of its oil wealth.
Kazakhstan voted in a snap parliamentary election extensively anticipated to cement President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s place and full a reshuffle of the ruling elite that started after he totally assumed management final yr.
Exits polls confirmed the ruling Amanat get together profitable 53-54 p.c of the vote, sufficient to retain a snug majority. Voter turnout stood at 54.2 p.c, the Central Election Fee mentioned.
A stronger mandate will assist Tokayev navigate by way of regional turmoil attributable to Russia-Ukraine battle and the following injury to commerce, funding and provide chains all through the previous Soviet Union.
Though he formally grew to become president in 2019, Tokayev, 69, had remained within the shadow of his predecessor and former patron Nursultan Nazarbayev till January 2022, when the 2 fell out amid an tried coup and violent unrest.
Whereas Tokayev has reshuffled the federal government, the decrease home of parliament – elected when Nazarbayev nonetheless led the ruling Nur Otan get together – was not due for election till 2026, and the president referred to as a snap vote.
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In contrast to Nazarbayev, Tokayev has chosen to not lead the ruling get together, and rebranded Amanat, however it’s sure to kind the core of his assist base within the legislature.
5 different events set to win seats additionally assist Tokayev.
Nonetheless, for the primary time in virtually 20 years, a number of opposition figures have been operating as independents, a transfer which can enable some authorities critics to win a restricted variety of seats.
Tokayev, who solid his poll in Astana early within the morning with out speaking to the press, has mentioned the vote would enable him to begin implementing his plan to reform the nation and guarantee a fairer distribution of its oil wealth.
The completion of the political transition can be more likely to strengthen Tokayev’s hand in international coverage. Regardless of receiving Moscow’s backing through the 2022 unrest, he has refused to assist Russia’s offensive in Ukraine or recognise its annexation of some Ukrainian territories.
Astana is making an attempt to take care of good relationships with each Moscow, its neighbour and main buying and selling associate, and the West.
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