Nazarbayev resigns

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 19 Mar 2019 by Alex Teddy

President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan resigned on March 19. Although he had been in poor health for some time his resignation came sooner than anticipated. He ruled the country for 30 years. He retains the official title 'Leader of the Nation' so he can remain the power behind the throne. He is the last Soviet era leader in the former USSR.An acting president has been appointed. Kasym-Jomart Tokayev is the acting president. Tokayev is an ethnic Kazakh (like Nazarbayev) as opposed to a Kazakh citizen of Russian ancestry. The acting president is 65 and has held several senior posts including pri...

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