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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nominee Approved

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's outgoing lower house of parliament Tuesday approved President Nursultan Nazarbayev's nominee, former Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev, as the country's new prime minister.

"How many in favor of Kasymzhomart Tokayev as new prime minister?" Mazhilis speaker Marat Ospanov asked during the electronic voting process held minutes aft er Nazarbayev requested members' approval.

"Unanimous," he declared.