The incumbent President of Kazakhstan Nursultan A Nazabayev was on 27 April 2015 re-elected as president for the fifth successive term. Nazarbayev has been governing the country since the Soviet Union (or USSR) collapsed in early 1991.
In the presidential elections results announced by Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev won the elections with a whopping 97.7 percent of the total votes.
The other two opponents Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazy Kusainov won a combined 2.3 percent of the total votes.
The snap elections which were held on 26 April 2015 saw a voter turnout of 95 percent. The snap election, called in February 2015 by Nazarbayev, was seen as a move to win a vote of confidence against the backdrop of daunting economic slowdown in Kazakhstan, the Central Asia’s largest country.
Kazakhstan has been facing both regional instability because of the crisis in Ukraine and a daunting economic slowdown driven by the collapse in oil prices.
Presidential elections in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a one party dominant state wherein President is elected by the people and serves for at most two five-year terms.
However, in 2007 the term limits were removed by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev, when parliament also voted to reduce the term length from seven to five years.