Tokáyev wins the elections in Kazakhstan but comes to power with a bad foot

Tokáyev wins the elections in Kazakhstan but comes to power with a bad foot

As expected, it seems that the winner of the presidential elections held in Kazakhstan this Sunday has been Kasim-Yomart Tokayev, 66, the successor appointed in March by Nursultan Nazarbayev, the former communist leader who lasted longer -30 years exactly- He has remained in power within what was the former Soviet Union. Next month will turn 79 years old. As is often the case in authoritarian Soviet-style regimes, Tokáyev, according to the first exit polls, would have achieved just over 70% of the votes, a somewhat discrete result compared to 97.5% with which, In 2015, Nazarbayev was re-elected for the last time. In the second place, opposition journalist Amirzhán Kosánov, with only 15% of the votes, followed by the only woman in contention and the first one in the Central Asian country to be presented as presidential candidate, Daniyá Yespáyeva, with less of 5% of the ballots. The other four candidates would have obtained insignificant figures.

But in part of the Kazakh society is observed satiety and this Sunday was revealed in the numerous rallies organized in Nur-Sultán, the capital, and Alma-Atí, the second city in the country. Thousands of people took to the streets shouting against Nazarbayev, whom they asked to go as far as possible, against Tokayev and calling for the boycott of elections that they consider a "farce". Participation, however, in the votings was high, 77% according to the Central Electoral Commission.

The riot squads were used extensively, there were fierce clashes and, according to the Ministry of the Interior of Kazakhstan, more than 500 arrests were made. An old man received a brutal blow to the head, after which he collapsed. It was said at first that he had died, but afterwards the authorities claimed that he had suffered a simple fainting.

In March, as soon as he took over the leadership of the country temporarily, the first step adopted by Tokáyev was to change the name of the country's capital, Astana until then, to that of Nur-Sultán, in honor of the "patriarch" who had led by iron hand for 30 years a country rich in hydrocarbons. That decision was also answered on the street and there were demonstrations of protest.

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