Kassym-Jomart Tokayev re-elected President of Kazakhstan – DW – 11/21/2022

The incumbent head of state wins a convincing victory in the presidential election in Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. According to preliminary results released on Monday, November 21, Tokayev will receive up to 85 percent of the vote in the early presidential election held the day before.

“The people expressed their convincing confidence in me as president and in all of you. People’s confidence is the most important value. We must justify the confidence of these people,” Tokayev said after the preliminary results were announced. 82.2 and 85.5 percent of the vote.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who has ruled since 2019, has practically destroyed the opposition. In the elections he almost participated with five unknown candidates. Tokayev’s closest rival won just 5.2 percent of the vote, according to the Central Election Commission. Turnout was about 69 percent.

Peravym Tokayev congratulated Nazarbayev

Originally, the presidential election was supposed to be held in Kazakhstan will take place in 2024, but in September Tokayev announced an early vote as part of his sweeping constitutional and economic reforms. Tokayev led Kazakhstan after his departure Nursultan Nazarbayevwho ruled the country in an authoritarian manner for nearly three decades.

Nazarbayev was the first to congratulate Tokayev on his election victory. “This victory testifies to your high authority as Head of State and is unquestionable proof of the people’s unshakable confidence in your large-scale reforms and new initiatives, as well as the recognition of the endurance, determination and wisdom you showed in critical hours when the independence of our state was at stake,” said a message on the former president’s website.

In January of this year in Kazakhstan Large-scale riots took place in Kazakhstanthat started with protests against rising gas prices. As a result, hundreds of people across the country died, thousands were arrested. Members of the Nazarbayev family and its inner circle were deprived of positions and influence. In March, Tokayev announced a series of reforms, including an amendment to the country’s constitution. Especially according to the results referendum The president’s powers were limited to a seven-year term.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at