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New Kazakh president under pressure as youths demand reform

Nation elects first non-Soviet president, but Nazarbayev still holds reins

ALMATY -- Amid widespread protests, Kazakhstan inaugurated its first non-Soviet president on June 12.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev assumed the post following a landslide win in a snap election after Nursultan Nazarbayev, the last strongman leader of the Soviet era, suddenly resigned on March 19.

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