Tokayev was named interim president after long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly announced his resignation last month [Pavel Golovkin/Reuters]

Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called a snap presidential election, citing the need to eliminate political uncertainty in the oil-rich Central Asian nation.

Tokayev, who replaced Nursultan Nazarbayev following his surprise resignation last month, used a state television address on Tuesday to announce a polling date of June 9. 

“We must continue to work on the implementation of the strategy of Elbasy,” Tokayev said, referring to Nazarbayev by his constitutional title which translates as “Leader of the Nation”.

“This can be done only by the direct expression of the will of the people… As the acting head of state I guarantee that the elections will be

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