Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the postponement of elections to the state council for the third time in as many years, but the decision to postpone the election of a new head of state was postponed for now.
Nazarbayev said in a statement the presidential elections were postponed for “political reasons,” and said he would ask the president to step down after the polls.
The president has ruled Kazakhstan since 2000, when he led the republic to the presidency.
He is now running for a fourth term in the election that is scheduled for November 8.
Kazakstan, an oil-producing state, has one of the world’s highest corruption rates and is plagued by corruption scandals that have cast a shadow over the nation’s democratic transition.
This year’s election has been marred by violence and a botched vote to select a new speaker of the country’s parliament.
President Nazarayev announced in February that the elections would take place on November 1, but that was later pushed back.
A number of opposition parties called on the president, who is known for his authoritarian style, to step aside and said they would boycott the vote.