Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev backs Tokayev for president

April 23, 2019

NUR-SULTAN (Reuters) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Tuesday secured veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev’s backing to run in the June 9 snap presidential election, virtually guaranteeing Tokayev’s victory.

Nazarbayev, who leads the oil-rich Central Asian nation’s biggest political party, Nur Otan, asked party members at a pre-election congress on Tuesday to officially nominate Tokayev.

(Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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