Kazakhstan: Hundreds detained during protests against presidential vote

Kazakhstan's police have detained around 500 people in the country's capital Nur-Sultan and the city of Almaty on Sunday, during protests against presidential vote. Protesters rallied, chanting «shame» and «go away old man.» Kazakhstan's Deputy Interior Minister Marat Kozhayev said the rallies were not sanctioned. According to Kozhayev, «several hundred people» gathered in Nur-Sultan and Almaty... Еще «at the call of the extremist organization Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan banned by the court.» Nazarbayev stepped down on March 19 after almost 30 years in power and was replaced by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev who called early elections in April. According to national exit polls, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received 70.13 percent of the vote, with opposition leader Amirzhan Kosanov coming second with 15.39 percent.

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