Kazakhstan's new President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev has suggested perpetuating the name of the country's first President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the name of the capital.
"We should perpetuate his great name. I believe we should perpetuate the name of our great contemporary, first president of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in the following way: our capital should be named after our president and be called Nursultan," Tokayev said as he was sworn in as president on Wednesday.
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.