Ally of Kazakhstan's Longtime Ex-Leader Wins Presidency

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - An ally of Kazakhstan's former president was named winner of the presidential election on Monday.

Ally of Kazakhstan's Longtime Ex-Leader Wins Presidency

The Central Election Commission in this Central Asian country said Monday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won nearly 71 percent of the vote with all the ballots counted. The results have not yet been formally confirmed, AP reported.

Tokayev became acting president when Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the country since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, abruptly stepped down. Shortly after Nazarbayev resigned, Kazakhstan's ruling party nominated Tokayev for presidency.

Some 500 people were taken into custody after police broke up rallies in Kazakhstan's two largest cities Sunday. Protests erupted again on Monday with people rallying in the capital Nur-Sultan, named after the former president, and the commercial capital Almaty.

An Associated Press photographer saw at least 50 people detained by police on a central square in Almaty Monday morning.

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