Around 12 million voters have until 8:00 pm to cast ballots in polls that could see independent candidates enter the lower house of a parliament currently composed of parties loyal to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General says an investigation determined that those responsible from the protests were among senior government officials.
According to early results, the current President Tokayev is leading the race with 82.45 percent of the votes.
After widespread protests in January, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s government prepares to go for early elections with a campaign promise of transforming the country’s political structure and economic system.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto voices support for the Turkish peace effort in Ukraine.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara and Astana will continue to work to strengthen connections in areas of transportation, energy and trade.
Kremlin spokesman says Russian and Turkish leaders may discuss idea of holding Russia-West talks.
The early election may minimise risks from a potential deterioration of the economy and loss of public support amid geopolitical turbulence in the region, analysts say.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signs bill limiting presidential mandates to a single seven-year term and reinstates capital's name that was changed in 2019 in honour of then-president Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Ankara gives full support to the Syrian opposition and the Negotiation Committee in the political process, Türkiye's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
White Helmets, or Syrian Civil Defence, officials said initial reports suggested seven civilians, including five children, were killed and 13 others injured in the attack.
Gazprom will help Iran's national oil company in the development of gas and oil fields, as well as the completion of liquefied natural gas projects and construction of gas export pipelines.
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