NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The energy-rich Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan on 9 June held its first-ever presidential election without the participation of long-time President Nursultan Nazarbayev which saw current President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev from the ruling Nur Otan party win 70.13%, according to an exit poll released shortly after midnight on 10 June.

Runner-up Amirzhan Kosanov from the Fate of the Nation movement placed second with 15.39% of the vote, according to the same exit pol...

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