Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wins presidency – Kazakhstan

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President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Kazakhstan’s former president’s ally, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been elected president following a recent presidential election which was carried out.

The Central Election Commission in this Central Asian country, on Monday, had stated that with the counting of all the ballots,  Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won nearly 71 percent of the vote. The results of this have not yet been confirmed.

It was Shortly after Nazarbayev (former president) resigned, Kazakhstan’s ruling party nominated Tokayev for the presidency.

According to reports by an associated press photographer, 100 people were detained by the police on Monday morning on a central square in Almaty.

The observers’ mission of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe on Monday criticized Kazakh authorities for dispersing the rallies.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in a statement made it known that the response given by the police was a form of hindrance to democratic elections being conducted. It stated;

“hampered the conduct of democratic elections.”

The statement also stressed that there was little respect for democratic standards due to various actions which were displayed during the election. The statement said;

“While there was potential for Kazakhstan’s early presidential election to become a force for political change, a lack of regard for fundamental rights, including detentions of peaceful protesters, and widespread voting irregularities on election day, showed scant respect for democratic standards”.