Kazakhstan’s long-ruling president Nazarbavev confirms incumbency

Kazakhstan’s long-ruling president Nazarbavev confirms incumbency

PanARMENIAN.Net - Election officials in Kazakhstan say preliminary results of nationwide polls show the long-ruling president confirming his incumbency with 97.7 percent of the vote on Sunday, April 26, according to the Associated Press.

The Central Elections Commission said Monday that turnout reached a record 95 percent.

A crushing victory for 74-year-old Nursultan Nazarbavev was widely expected from the moment the snap elections were announced. Nazarbayev faced only two nominal rivals, and state media have for years nurtured an increasingly extravagant cult of personality devoted to him.

Authorities in the oil-rich Central Asian nation have said they hope the election will serve as a confirmation of legitimacy in uncertain times.

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