Kazakhstan's incumbent President nominated for snap election
Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is the choice of Kazakhstan's ruling party for the upcoming snap presidential elections.
Members of Kazakhstan's Amanat party agreed on Thursday at their 24th congress to nominate incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as a candidate in the impending early presidential election, according to a Sputnik journalist.
"The decision was unanimous. Fellow members of the Amanat party, the 24ht congress has unanimously nominated Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev as a candidate for the Kazakh presidency," Executive Secretary Askhat Oralov said after the voting.
The People's Party of Kazakhstan, one of the country's three parliamentary parties, has also nominated Tokayev as a candidate, according to party leader Yermukhamet Yertysbayev.
"I am making a proposal: despite the fact that, according to the constitution, the head of state is not a member of any party, our party not only supports incumbent president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev but is also nominating him for the early election," Yertysbayev said at a party congress.
This proposition was approved by the delegates present at the conference.
The party believes that a strong coalition of all three parliamentary parties is required to support Tokayev and that the coalition might also include non-governmental organizations, other republican groups, and civil activists, according to Yertysbayev.
The snap election is scheduled for November 20.