Kazakh leader scores victory with referendum

June 07, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:40 am IST - NUR-SULTAN

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will be hoping the approval in a referendum of constitutional amendments he championed will help him move out of his predecessor’s shadow and cement his role as a long-awaited reformer.

Vote results on Monday showed convincing support in the previous day’s vote for the amendments that Mr. Tokayev has promoted as a foundation for a more democratic social contract in the oil-rich Central Asian country allied with Russia.

The Central Election Commission said that 77.18% of votes were in favour of the amendments, which decentralise decision-making and strip former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev of his “national leader” status. Turnout was 68.06%.

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