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Kazakhstani politician and diplomat

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: Kazakhstani politician and diplomat
Kassym-Jomart Kemeluly Tokayev is a Kazakh politician and diplomat. He took office as the president of Kazakhstan on 20 March 2019, succeeding Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned on 19 March 2019 after 29 years in office. Tokayev was elected president of Kazakhstan in a snap election on 9 June 2019 with 71% of the popular vote. According to the OSCE, "significant irregularities were observed on election day, including cases of ballot box stuffing, and a disregard of counting procedures meant that an honest count could not be guaranteed." "There were widespread detentions of peaceful protesters on election day in major cities", said the OSCE in their Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions.

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Kazakh president names new energy minister in high-level reshuffle

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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev must secure approval from his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev before appointing most ministers, according to a presidential decree published on Monday.
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Kazakh president rejects calls for parliamentary republic

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Tokayev elected Kazakh president with 71% of vote: early results

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has won Kazakhstan's presidential election with 70.76% of the vote, the Central Election Commission said on Monday, citing the preliminary results of Sunday's vote.
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Exit poll gives Tokayev 70% of vote in Kazakh election

Kazakhstan's interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has won 70.13% of the vote in Sunday's presidential election, according to an exit poll carried out by local pollster Kogamdyk Pikir Institute.
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