Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced his resignation from his post, after spending 29 years in the office. In a televised address on Tuesday, the 78-year-old said he has made the “difficult” decision to terminate his authority as president, but did not give a specific reason for the shocking decision. “I have decided to end my duties as president,” Nazarbayev said before signing a decree terminating his powers effective March 30.
“This year I will have held the highest post for 30 years,” he said. “As the founder of the independent Kazakh state, I see my task now in facilitating the rise of a new generation of leaders who will continue the reforms that are under way in the country.”
Nazarbayev, who was elected for a fifth five-year term in 2015, said the speaker of the Central Asian country’s legislative upper house, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will serve as the interim head of state until a new election is held.
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16 June, 2019