The Kazakh Parliament approved the renaming of the republic’s capital Astana into Nursultan, as it was announced at the joint session of the Government, a couple of hours after the new President of the country Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev proposed it, NUR.KZ reported.
“According to the Constitution of Kazakhstan on conduction of a national referendum to amend the Constitution on renaming Astana. The President decided to present this proposal for the Parliament’s consideration without a referendum. The constitutional council of the republic provided a positive conclusion,” Nurlan Nigmatulin, the Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
After the voting, the amendments to the Constitution were adopted.
“It is a historical decision,” Nigmatulin said while the hall was applauding.
The members of the Senate and Mazhilis supported the decision on renaming almost unanimously. The amendments will come into force after the President of Kazakhstan signs them.
As we reported earlier, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev officially claimed that he gives up his authority as the head of the state. He made the statement on Tuesday, March 19, after 30 years in power. He will remain Chairman of the Security Council, the Nur Otan Democratic People’s Party and a member of the Constitutional Council.
Nazarbayev, born in 1940 in Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, came to power in 1990, as the President of this Republic. After the breakdown of the USSR, he became the president of independent Kazakhstan. When they re-elected him as the President the fifth time, Nazarbayev collected almost 98 percent of votes.
On March 20, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took the oath of office and assumed the post of Kazakhstan’s interim president on Wednesday after the nation's long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation.
Tokayev, 65, has served as Speaker of Kazakhstan’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, since September 2017.