PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV
HAS BEEN RE-ELECTED FOR FIVE MORE YEARS
Astana, April 5: Nursultan
Nazarbayev won the presidential election in Kazakhstan on April 3, by receiving
95.55 percent of the general vote, Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Central Election
Commission (CIC) Kuandyk Turgankulov announced on April 5.
According to the CEC, Nazarbayev’s three opponents achieved
the following results: Gani Kassymov from the Party of Patriots received 1.94
percent of the vote, while Zhambyl Akhmetbekov from the People’s Communist
Party and Mels Yeleussizov from the “Tabigat” (Nature) Environmentalist Union
received 1.36 percent and 1.15 percent respectively.
The voter turnout reached the record 89.99 percent.
A total of 30,266 people monitored the voting and the vote
counting process at polling stations, including 9,417 candidates’
representatives, 1,212 observers from foreign states, international
organisations and media, 12,828 observers from political parties, 6,290
observers from public associations and NGOs, as well as 997 representatives of
the national media.
victory is Kazakhstan’s victory.
Kazakhstan once again showed the world its desire for unity,” Nazarbayev
said at the Forum that was held in Astana on April 4 and gathered around 5,000
of his supporters.
Starting from Monday, April 4, President Nursultan
Nazarbayev began receiving congratulations on his victory from leaders of other
countries, including Presidents Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Hu Jintao of China,
Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, Mikhail Saakashvili
of Georgia, Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine, Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, Lee
Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea, Nguen Minh Triet of Vietnam, Ilham Aliyev
of Azerbaijan, Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan, Alexander Lukashenka of Belarus,
Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia, Prime Ministers Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Jose
Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Manmohan Singh of India.
Also, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Lithuania Audronius Ažubalis, as well as the Austrian Foreign
Minister Michael Spindelegger congratulated Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State-Minister
of Foreign Affairs Kanat Saudabayev on the successful presidential elections in
Kazakhstan over the telephone on April 5.
Secretaries General of the OIC and the OSCE Ekmeleddin
Ikhsanoglu and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut also sent letters congratulating
President Nazarbayev on his victory.