Kazakhstan: 'I am not a here for the ride, I am not transient' — newly elected president Tokayev

Protesters gathered in the cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty in Kazakhstan on Saturday to rally against the result of the presidential election calling it a sham. On Monday the central election committee announced the victory of Kasym-Zhomart Tokaev with almost 71 percent of the vote. Footage filmed on Monday shows protesters being detained in both Almaty and Nur-Sultan for what the authorities... Еще dubbed as 'illegal action.' In Almaty opposition political activist Rinat Zaitov was also detained but later released from custody. Speaking to journalists after the election, Kasym-Zhomart Tokaev said that «some people behaved inappropriately, provoking the police, the police of course were forced to take steps.» He also offered «dialogue» to those who «uttered protests» and said that «a committe of public trust» will be created that will embrace representatives of various circles of society and where there'll be an exchange of opinions. Tokayev commented on his victory saying «I consider myself a fully legitimate president of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I am not a here for the ride, I am not 'transient'.» Tokayev served as Kazakhstan's interim president since March when the republic's strongman Nursultan Nazarbaev stepped down after 30 years in power and naming Tokayev as his successor.

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