In the West people believe that the last Sunday presidential elections in Kazakhstan could be the last one of those that took place in a peaceful environment, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the American newspaper Washington Post.
According to a journalist Michael Birnbaum, at the presidential elections on April 26, the current president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev got 97.36% of the vote, which demonstrated a high turnout at the polls.
However, according to the journalist, Nazarbayev is 74 years old already, and he has not prepared a successor, who would be able to ensure the continuation of his policy, and now he opposes to manifestations of inter-ethnic strife between the Russians and Kazakhs alone.
"After Nazarbayev, we will have a transition period, a very dangerous transition period," Washington Post quotes Dosym Satpayev, Kazakh expert, who said he feared a repeat of the conflict in Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels in the east have seized stretches of territory. "There will be a strong fight about what happens next."