Dozens Detained In Kazakhstan as Nazarbaev’s Chosen Successor Set to Win Election

Posted on June 9, 2019 4:48 am
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Police across Kazakhstan have detained dozens of protesters as the country holds a snap presidential election, with the chosen successor of authoritarian ex-President Nursultan Nazarbaev expected to win easily. More than 100 protesters were detained in the in Astana Square in Kazakhstan’s largest city of Almaty as they were calling for a boycott of the election in which Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev is running against six government-approved candidates. Several foreign and local journalists, including RFE/RL reporter Pyotr Trotsenko, were also briefly detained in Almaty. Security measures have been stepped up in Almaty, with dozens of police officers deployed in Astana Square and

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