Kazakhs set to elect new leader after 30 years.

Posted on 2019-06-06     02:46:am     Viewed by 71 people and you.

Kazakhs go to the polls on Sunday to elect their first new leader in 30 years, although ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev's influence will likely continue as his handpicked successor heads for all but certain victory.

Career diplomat and interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, 66, is running for the country's ruling party with enthusiastic backing from Nazarbayev, who stepped down from the presidency in march.

That announcement by the strongman shocked Kazakhs who had lived under his rule since Soviet times, but he is still expected to call the shots in the oil-rich central Asian state of 18 million people.

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