In a message congratulating the re-election of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as the president of Kazakhstan, President Raeisi expressed hope that in the new tenure, as in the past, and in the light of the joint efforts of the officials of the two states, the two sides will witness the development and deepening of ties in all areas.
Tokayev’s inauguration ceremony will be held on Saturday, the country’s election authority announced on Tuesday.
The Central Election Committee press briefing, headed by the body’s chairman Nurlan Abdirov, registered Tokayev as the winner of the election and Kazakhstan’s president.
Abdirov also announced the final results of the election where Tokayev received 81.31% of the votes.
Zhiguli Dayrabaev was Tokayev’s closest opponent who received %3.4% of the votes.
Voter turnout was 69.4% in the election, as nearly 8.3 million voters cast their ballots.
Tokayev called for an early election late September with a decree saying the polls would launch “an electoral cycle that will lead to a radical reset of the entire political system.”
The announcement came after the president approved a constitutional amendment to increase the presidential term from five years to seven while barring future presidents from serving a second term.
Another move was changing the capital’s name back to Astana after it was changed to Nur-Sultan in 2019 in a tribute to former president Nursultan Nazarbayev. Tokayev became president in March 2019, succeeding Nazarbayev, who ruled the oil-rich Central Asian nation for three decades.
Other regional leaders congratulated Tokayev for his election victory, as they included the leaders of Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan.