Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: will formally rule as president but wield less actual authority than his mentor. Photograph:  Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Kazakhstan has arrested protesters and been accused of voting misconduct amid a rubber-stamp election of the country’s new president, a longtime ally (...)

Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: protests after Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned prompted a change of course with Mr Tokayev calling a snap poll to end uncertainty. Photograph: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

The people of Kazakhstan will vote in a snap presidential election on Sunday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the acting president of the central Asian cou(...)

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)