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Massive election win for Nazarbavev

Published 27/04/2015

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev casts his vote polling station in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan (AP)
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev casts his vote polling station in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan (AP)

Kazakhstan's long-ruling president has secured a crushing election win with 97.7% of the vote, according to preliminary results.

The Central Elections Commission said turnout reached a record 95%.

A victory for 74-year-old Nursultan Nazarbavev was widely expected from the moment the snap elections were announced.

He faced only two nominal rivals, and state media have for years nurtured an increasingly extravagant cult of personality devoted to him.

Authorities in the oil-rich central Asian nation have said they hope the election will serve as a confirmation of legitimacy in uncertain times.

Kazakhstan is facing a slowdown in economic growth amid falling oil prices and recession in neighbouring Russia.

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