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.
'I decided to cease my authority as the President,' he said in his address to the people of Kazakhstan, which was broadcasted on the local TV channels. 'We, the Kazakh nation did it all together. You supported me during every election. It's a pleasure to be the president of such a country. I served you with good faith and fidelity. Thanks to you I became the president'.
Nazarbayev chaired the country since 1990. In 2015, he was elected for the fifth consecutive term, which makes him the undisputed record holder in terms of the period of stay in power among other leaders of the post-Soviet countries.
'This year marks the 30th anniversary since I took the highest office. The people gave me this opportunity to be the first president of independent Kazakhstan', he said.
The ex-head of the state will still be chairing the National Security Council and Nur Otan, the pro-presidential party in the Kazakh parliament.
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.