Kazakhstan: New political realities

The Ak Orda Palace in Nur-Sultan is the official workplace of the president of Kazakhstan. [Georgi Gotev]

Kazakhstan’s first president Nursultan Nazarbayev surprisingly resigned on 19 March and announced that the Speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will serve as interim leader before the next presidential election, which will take place on 9 June. At the same time, Nazarbayev retained certain powers. The Kazakh transition seems unique of its kind and is attracting international attention.

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