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Sun Jun 9, 2019, 09:04 PM

Kazakhstan election: Hundreds arrested in poll protests

Source: BBC

Kazakhstan election: Hundreds arrested in poll protests

9 June 2019

Police in Kazakhstan have arrested hundreds of people protesting against a poll to elect the country's first new president in 30 years.

The election was called after long-time leader, 78-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev, stepped down in March.

His hand-picked successor, interim President Kassym Jomart-Tokayev, is widely expected to win the vote.

Protesters claimed the poll was not free and fair. But Mr Tokayev described the process as democratic and open.

Exit polls suggest 66-year-old Mr Tokayev, a former director-general of the United Nations Office in Geneva, won the election with 70% of the vote.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48574540

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