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Nazarbayev's successor wins Kazakh Presidential elections with nearly 71 pc votes

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, also the chosen successor of former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, has won the snap with nearly 71 per cent of the votes, according to preliminary results shared by the country's election commission.

Tokayev's nearest rival of the "Ult Tagdyry" has received around 16 per cent of the votes, reported on Sunday.

The 2019 Kazakh hold significance, as it paves the way for the first time in almost thirty years for a new candidate coming to power.

had served as the from the country's independence in 1992 until his resignation in March this year.

After Nazarbayev's resignation, the Presidentship was transferred to the then of the (Upper House),

In his address to the nation shortly after assuming Presidency, had announced that the elections would be conducted earlier than anticipated.

A total of seven candidates ran for the Presidency this time, including Daniya Yespayeva, the first woman candidate to do so in the country's history. The voter turnout in the elections was 77.4 per cent.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 17:30 IST