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What Putin can learn from Kazakhstan's 'retired' leader

Nazarbayev's neat succession plot could set example for Russian president

TOKYO -- Kazakhstan's presidential election -- the first since the country's president Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down in March after a tenure of nearly 30 years -- ended with a landslide win by the current interim president Kassym Jormart-Tokayev. The victory by one of Nazarbayev's closest allies suggests that the 78-year-old former president will continue to have a significant influence over the country's politics.

Nazarbayev's carefully arranged transition could provide a hint or two for the country's neighbors and particularly for Russia's long-serving leader President Vladimir Putin.

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