What Happened: Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan's interim president, has announced presidential elections for June 9, Bloomberg reported April 9. Tokayev did not specify whether he would be a candidate in the election.
Why It Matters: Although Tokayev's candidacy has not been confirmed, the election will ensure a transfer of power from the interim presidency to a formal position and provide legitimacy to a new leader after the resignation of longtime President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Background: Tokayev was sworn in as interim president on March 20, after Nazarbayev announced he would be stepping down from his post. Nazarbayev's succession has been carefully managed, as his circle of power has retained a significant amount of influence in Kazakhstan's political institutions.
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