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Kazakh leader announces presidential election on November 20

Kazakh President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev called early on Wednesday for a presidential election on November 20, according to a decree published by his office, moving forward with a plan announced earlier this month.

The vote, which he is likely to win, will cut into his current term, but he will get a second term after changing it to five to seven years following a recent constitutional reform in the oil-rich Central Asian nation.

Analysts say holding early elections outweighs the risk of a possible worsening of the economy and loss of public support amid geopolitical unrest in the wider post-Soviet region.

It gives Tokayev a head start after implementing a series of reforms, announcing minimum wage hikes and other handouts, and splitting with his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev, who ran Kazakhstan for three decades, formally handed the reins to Tokayev in 2019, but remained a powerful figure until last January, when Tokayev took over as the head of the country’s Security Council amid violent unrest.

Many of Nazarbayev’s relatives have since lost major public sector jobs and several businessmen close to him have been arrested and returned hundreds of millions of dollars to the state, which officials now say they obtained illegally. .

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