Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called a snap presidential election on Tuesday, citing the need to eliminate political uncertainty in the oil-rich Central Asian nation.
The election will take place on June 9, Tokayev said in a televised address to the nation.
Tokayev was named interim president after Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was in power for nearly three decades, abruptly announced his resignation last month.
The 78-year-old Nazarbayev did not give a specific reason for his decision.
“I have decided to end my duties as president,” Nazarbayev said before signing a decree terminating his powers effective March 30.