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'New Kazakhstan' set for election expected to be one-man show

Tokayev seeks stamp of legitimacy as experts warn 'protest mood' persists

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is seeking a new mandate as he strives to distance himself from his one-time mentor, former President Nursultan Nazarbayev.   © Reuters

ALMATY -- Kazakhstan heads to the polls on Sunday for a snap presidential election that is all but guaranteed to return President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to office, this time for a prolonged seven-year term.

The 69-year-old incumbent is facing a field of five political unknowns, with no genuine opposition contenders. This is despite promises of sweeping political reform made after a referendum to amend the constitution received a resounding yes vote in June.

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