Tokayev wins Kazakhstan presidential election with 81.3% of vote

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev secured a second term in Sunday’s snap election, winning 81.31% of the vote. Kazakhastan’s Central Election Commission on Monday said the 69-year-old Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who came to power in 2019, received 81.31 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s election. None of the five other candidates scored double digits in the vote, while 5.8 per cent of voters cast their ballot against all candidates.

Rich in natural resources and located at the crossroads of important trade routes, Kazakhstan sank into chaos during protests over high living costs in January, which left 238 dead. During the time, Tokayev projected himself as a stern administrator by violently supressing the protests.

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