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Tages Anzeiger: Nazarbayev’s Regime Will Fall

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 For 30 years, the dictatorial clan has been doing nothing but enriching itself.

What is the Kazakh regime learning from citizen protests?

February 2019: Residents of Zhanaozen call on president Nazarbayev to find them work and pay attention to youth problems | YouTube / Turar Sahtugan

Recent events in Kazakhstan show the regime’s evolving response to discontent from below.

Vassilenko highlights importance of connectivity for sustainable development at High Level Conference on Central Asia

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The Romanian Presidency held its High Level Conference to mark the adoption of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia – Connectivity for sustainable development at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest today.

Kazakhstan’s big boss steps down – but in name only

Former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev attends the inauguration of his replacement in the position, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo: Vladislav Vodnev / SputnikNazarbayev employs ‘resign-while-retaining-power’ strategy – a model Putin may use one day

Kazakhstan’s Daddy-Daughter Dictator Show

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Nursultan Nazarbayev, the longtime leader of Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s richest country, has always had a rather particular sense of humor. Back in 1998 he moved the country’s capital from the cozy, sunny city of Almaty to a place called Akmola on the windswept northern steppe.

Kazakhstan: What is Nazarbayev's transition plan about?

Kassym Jomart TokayevAnd can it be a model for other countries in the region to follow, namely Russia?

Dariga Nazarbayeva: Kazakhstan’s understudy president

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The Moscow-educated opera singer is primed to be the country’s first female leader

This week, his prophecy began to take shape. Mr Nazarbayev, 78, unexpectedly announced he would resign from office after almost three decades in charge, and appointed his eldest daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva as Speaker of the country’s Senate, a role that occupies second place in the line of succession.

Kremlin Wonders If Putin Will Follow in Kazakh Leader’s Footsteps

Vladimir Putin, right, with Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photographer: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

An aging leader steps down as president but keeps a firm grip on the reins of power. For many in the Kremlin, the choreographed events unfolding in neighboring Kazakhstan are a model for Russian President Vladimir Putin to consider.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev to step down after nearly 30 years in power

Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, seen in Brussels on Oct. 19, 2018. (Olivier Matthys/AP)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Tuesday that he was stepping down, touching off a potentially perilous period of transition in one of the world’s most geopolitically fragile regions.

Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest country, since it became an independent state with the collapse of the Soviet Union. On Tuesday, he said in a nationally televised address that after nearly 30 years in power, it was time to leave the presidency.

Kazakhstan Draws Closer to Presidential Succession

Nursultan-Nazarbayev.jpgKazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev will turn 79 in July, and talk of an impending succession has significantly intensified since the end of last year. Numerous local experts noted the harsh criticism that the president leveled at domestic utilities companies during a November 2018 session of the Security Council.

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