Kazakhstan’s president is expected to cement his hold on power as the Central Asian country goes to the polls in a snap parliamentary election.
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Kazakhstan is voting in a snap parliamentary election widely expected to cement President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s grip on power and complete the reshuffle of the ruling elite that began after he fully assumed leadership last year.
Although he formally became president three years ago, Tokayev, 69, had remained in the shadow of his predecessor and former patron Nursultan Nazarbayev until January 2022 when the two fell out amid an attempted coup and violent unrest.
Tokayev sidelined Nazarbayev after suppressing the political unrest in the oil-rich Central Asian country and had a number of his associates removed from senior positions in the public sector, some of whom later faced corruption charges.
While Tokayev has reshuffled the government, the lower house of parliament – elected when Nazarbayev still had sweeping powers and led the ruling Nur Otan party – was not due for election until 2026, and the president called a snap vote.