Kazakh head of state seeks snap presidential vote with 7-year term, followed by parliamentary elections


President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for extraordinary presidential elections during his Sept.1 State-of-the-Nation Address.

“A new trust mandate of the people is needed for the successful implementation of fundamental and comprehensive reforms on the way to creating a fair Kazakhstan,” Tokayev said.

In addition, the President proposed major revisions to the...