Former president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, called “the leader of the nation”, is ready to leave his country, radio Echo Moskvy reported, citing sources in the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, Nazarbayev, who had ruled the country for more than 27 years, lost his post as the head of the Security Council.
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The editor-in-chief of Echo Mokwa radio, Alexey Vieniediktov on the Telegram channel, said that Nazarbayev was ready to leave the country for “medical” purposes. He did not provide any more details. The broadcaster also reported that in one of the cities, Taldykorgan, protesters tried to topple the Nazarbayev monument.
The withdrawal from the politics of the long-time leader was one of the demands of the participants in the anti-government protests that have been going on in Kazakhstan for several days. The spark for them was the price increases, including gas prices.
On Wednesday, Nazarbayev lost the position of the Security Council, an institution under the president that coordinates activities in the sphere of security and foreign policy.
Nursultan Nazarbayev ruled the oil-rich Kazakhstan for over 27 years – from the country’s founding after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2019, he handed over the office to Kasym-Żomart Tokajew. The “leader of the nation” did not retire, however. He had a great influence on the political life of the country. Tokayev must have had, inter alia, the consent of his predecessor on the appointment of the majority of ministers.
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