ISTANBUL (AA) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s inauguration ceremony will be held on Saturday, the country’s election authority has announced.
The Central Election Committee press briefing, headed by the body’s chairman Nurlan Abdirov, registered Tokayev as the winner of the election and Kazakhstan’s president.
Abdirov also announced the final results of the election where Tokayev received 81.31% of the votes, which amounts to about 6.45 million out of around 12 million eligible voters.
Zhiguli Dayrabaev was Tokayev’s closest opponent who received 13.4% of the votes.
Voter turnout was 69.4% in the election, as nearly 8.3 million voters cast their ballots.
Tokayev called for an early election late September with a decree saying the polls would launch “an electoral cycle that will lead to a radical reset of the entire political system.”
The announcement came after the president approved a constitutional amendment to increase the presidential term from five years to seven while barring future presidents from serving a second term.