outgoing President Tokayev given a clear winner, according to provisional results – RT in French

In Kazakhstan on November 20, the head of state obtained 82.45% of the votes at the end of an early presidential election, according to preliminary results. This election comes ten months after bloody unrest that shook the country.

According to provisional results, the outgoing President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was largely re-elected on November 20 after an early presidential election. A poll carried out at the exit of the polls for radio and public television gives the Head of State 82.45% of the vote. According to initial estimates by the Electoral Commission, 69.43% of the 12 million voters turned out to vote.

The vote “against all” (voting option adopted by a recent amendment) came second with 5.2% of the vote, again according to this poll, while no other candidate exceeded 3.33%. “The main thing is that there is no monopoly in power,” said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev after voting, while Kazakhstan was ruled for three decades by Nursultan Nazarbayev.

A start to the year marked by bloody unrest

This election comes less than a year after serious unrest: the country indeed experienced riots at the beginning of the year which left more than 200 dead. Originally an angry movement that erupted in the city of Janaozen on January 2 after a rise in liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices, then spread to the large regional city of Aktau, on the edges from the Caspian Sea, and finally to Almaty, the former capital of the country. The government had initially tried to ease tensions by conceding a reduction in the price of LNG, in vain, before submitting its resignation on January 5.

On the night of January 4-5, more than 200 people were arrested during riots. During the following day, thousands of demonstrators stormed, in particular, the seat of the administration of Almaty. According to AFP journalists, the security forces fired sound grenades and tear gas at the demonstrators, some of whom were armed with truncheons and shields taken from the security forces, without managing to stop them. prevent entry into the building.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, denouncing an external aggression committed according to him by “terrorist gangs” having “received extensive training abroad”, then appealed to the regional organization CSTO, which deployed in the country a peacekeeping force.

A few days before the election, the security services announced the arrest of seven suspects, accused of planning a “coup” on election day.

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