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Nursultan Nazarbayev

The Tokayev Interview and Nazarbayev’s Long Shadow

The Tokayev Interview and Nazarbayev’s Long Shadow

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh President Tokayev says he “openly told Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev that the political arrogance of his close associates almost destroyed the country.” 

Era of the First President Waning Further in Kazakhstan With Office Closure

Era of the First President Waning Further in Kazakhstan With Office Closure

By Catherine Putz
With the expected closure of the Office of the First President, de-Nazarbayevification marches on. 
Kazakhstan Annuls Law ‘On the First President’

Kazakhstan Annuls Law ‘On the First President’

By Catherine Putz
As expected, following last summer’s constitutional referendum dropping references to “elbasy,” many of the First President’s other special privileges are ending.

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges

By Paolo Sorbello
De-Nazarbayevification moves further onward with plans to scrap the law “On the First President” 

Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022

Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022

By Catherine Putz
It’s been a challenging year for Kazakhstan: Domestic unrest, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a constitutional referendum, and now a snap presidential election.

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”
Kazakhstan Leaves ‘Elbasy’ Behind, Approves Constitutional Referendum

Kazakhstan Leaves ‘Elbasy’ Behind, Approves Constitutional Referendum

By Catherine Putz
With 77 percent voting to approve constitutional changes that nix the "leader of the nation," Nazarbayev's star has truly faded in Kazakhstan.

Tokayev Outlines ‘New Kazakhstan’ in State of the Nation Address

Tokayev Outlines ‘New Kazakhstan’ in State of the Nation Address

By Catherine Putz
In a recent speech, Kazakh President Tokayev laid out the government’s understanding of the January events and proposed a litany of reforms to achieve a “New Kazakhstan.”

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Could Bulat Abilov re-enter politics?

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
“They fight among themselves for power, and ordinary people suffer.”
Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits

Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits

By Catherine Putz
“Let us pay tribute to the historical merits of the first president… and leave possible miscalculations as a warning to the future leaders of our country," Tokayev said.

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