NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Presidential elections in Kazakhstan in 2019 are unique for the country as Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev will not take part in the vote as he announced on 19 March that he would retire and Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev was sworn in as president.

Tokayev later announced on 9 April his decision to hold presidential elections exactly two months later on 9 June and stressed that early elections are “absolutely necessary” to remove any uncertainty about the fu...

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