Kazakh commission confirm Nazarbayev poll win (UPDATE 2)

Kazakhstan Materials 5 April 2011 15:41 (UTC +04:00)

previous news was posted at 14:10

The final results of Kazakhstan's presidential election confirm veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's win with 95.5% of the vote, RIA Novosti reported.

The figures were released by the country's Central Election Commission on Tuesday.

Nazarbayev - in office since 1989 and granted the official title of "leader of the nation" by parliament last year - faced no challenge at Sunday's polls and will be inaugurated on April 8.

Under a 2007 constitutional amendment there is no limit to the number of terms he can serve.

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the election failed to meet international democratic standards, and one of the country's opposition parties, Azat, has called for a probe into "mass irregularities" in the run-up to the April 3 vote.

Three other presidential candidates have complained of not having enough time to prepare for the elections, after Nazarbayev announced early polls in February.