What Happened: Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party has officially endorsed interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for upcoming snap presidential elections on June 9, The Times of Central Asia reported April 23.
Why It Matters: The announcement all but confirms Kazakhstan's presidential succession from Nursultan Nazarbayev to Tokayev. The latter has been performing the duties of president since Nazarbayev's resignation in March and secured the former president's backing to officially take over the position. However, Nazarbayev will retain a significant amount of power in the country's political system.
Background: Nazarbayev resigned from the presidency on March 19 after nearly 30 years in office, although he will continue to serve as the chair of the National Security Council and the ruling party.
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