President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation. “I have decided to terminate my powers as President. This year marks 30 years since I occupy the highest post. The people gave me the opportunity to be the first president of independent Kazakhstan,” said Nazarbayev, addressing the people of Kazakhstan on March 19. From March 20, he will no longer be president of the country. 

In his address, he thanked the people of the country for their support – “for me, there was no other recognition except that you’ve trusted me.” He also appealed to the younger generation, noting that he is confident in it. “We must change together with the world,” said the president of Kazakhstan.

The powers of the country’s president are passed to the chairman of the Senate of Parliament, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev. According to Nazarbayev, this is exactly the person who can be trusted by the Kazakhstani administration today. Now Nazarbayev will continue the civil service as chairman of the country’s security council and the head of the ruling party Nur Otan. He will be able to lead the security council on a permanent basis.

Nazarbayev was the first and the only president of Kazakhstan since 1990. In 2007, Parliament gave him the right to run for the presidency for an unlimited number of times. The last time he was re-elected in 2015 – back then Nazarbayev gained 97.75% of the votes. His mandate will expire in April 2020.

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