Saturday, 16 November

At least 500 people have been arrested protesting the election, which saw Kassym-Jomart Tokayev become president.

Kazakhstan has elected interim leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev – the hand-picked successor of long-term former longtime president Nursultan Nazarbayev – as the country’s new president, preliminary results suggest.

The early results on Monday showed Tokayev, 66, a career diplomat who has been serving as interim president since Nazarbayev resigned in March, taking 70.76 percent of the vote.

A government-approved “Public Opinion” pollster on Sunday showed Tokayev’s closest rival Amirzhan Kosanov receiving 15 percent of the vote.

The figures came as hundreds of people were arrested in rare protests in capital Nur-Sultan and the country’s main commercial city, Almaty.

The protesters were calling for a boycott of the snap election, which they allege was staged to put a politician loyal to Nazarbayev in the country’s top seat.

The resignation of the 78-year-old leader who led Kazakhstan since its separation from the Soviet Union in 1991, came as a surprise to many who expected him to run for re-election next year.

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