Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gets nod to replace Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan’s ruling party, Nur Otan has endorsed the candidacy of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to run for President in the national election which will take place on June 9.

Tokayev was nominated during the party’s extraordinary congress during which, former President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is also the chairman of the Nur Otan party, proposed the candidacy to the party’s delegates.

“As the chairman of the Nur Otan party, I submit for the consideration of the congress the question of the nomination of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for the post of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I have known him for many years as we worked together and I consider him as the most worthy candidate for this position in the country today,” Nazarbayev said.

The congress unanimously supported the initiative to nominate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as a presidential candidate.

Tokayev took over as interim President following the shock resignation of Nazarbayev, a man who led the mineral rich central Asia nation since Independence from the Soviet Union in 1993.

He announced the early presidential elections on 9 June in a televised address in early April.

Candidates for the post of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan can be nominated up to April 28.

Sadybek Tugel, nominated from the “Uly Dary Kyryndary” republican organisation, was the first to submit his documents to the Central Election Commission on April 22.