12:40 / 09.04.2019
Kazakhstan to hold early presidential election in June
Photo: Akorda press service

Kazakhstan’s interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, called a snap presidential election on Tuesday, citing the need to eliminate political uncertainty in Kazakhstan, Reuters said citing government sources.

The election will take place on June 9, Tokayev said in a televised address to the nation.

Tokayev, previously the speaker of parliament’s upper chamber, assumed the presidency last month after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had run the country for almost three decades.

Lawyers say Kazakh law does not clearly set a date for a regular election in the current circumstances, since Nazarbayev was last re-elected in a snap poll in 2015.

This has prompted public talk about a possible early vote this year, which would eliminate the uncertainty.