Kazakhstan. Kasym-Żomart Tokayev accused Nursultan Nazarbayev of favoring the “caste of the rich”

Kasym-Żomart Tokayev – according to Kazakh independent experts – came to power thanks to his mentor Nursultan Nazarbayev. Now, however, he accuses his predecessor of creating and favoring a “caste of the rich” in the country. After anti-government protests and violent riots in the streets of many cities, the longtime leader and “father of the nation” has still not appeared in public. Where is Nazarbayev?

– Because of Ełbasa, an extremely influential social group of very rich people appeared in the country. I think the time has come to make amends to the people of Kazakhstan for this, said Tokayev during Tuesday’s speech to deputies of the lower house of parliament. Ełbasy (father of the nation) is the title given to Nursultan Nazarbayev by the parliament. The Kazakh section of Radio Svoboda noted that this was “Tokayev’s only recollection of the former leader” during his parliamentary speech.


Last week, Tokayev dismissed 81-year-old Nazarbayev as head of the Security Council. His departure from politics was demanded by citizens demonstrating from January 2, who initially took to the streets in connection with the double increase in LPG gas prices, but over time expanded their postulates to include those of a political nature.

Nazarbayev has not appeared in public since the outbreak of the protests. In early January, the editor-in-chief of radio Echo Mokwa, Alexei Vieniediktov on the Telegram channel, said that Nazarbayev was ready to leave the country for “medical” purposes. He did not provide any more details. Russian and Kazakh media had previously speculated that the “father of the nation” might be in China, but the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied these reports.

Nursultan Nazarbayev ruled Kazakhstan for over 27 years kremlin.ru

In Tuesday’s speech, apart from Nazarbayev, the current president did not mention any names, he only said that “financial oligarchic groups have become key beneficiaries of economic growth”, and “oligopolies have severely limited the development of the free market and reduced the country’s competitiveness.”

In Kazakhstan, many lucrative management positions in state institutions and enterprises are held by family members of the previous president, including Nazarbayev’s daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

PAP, Radio Swoboda, RIA Nowosti

Main photo source: elbasy.kz

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