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Nursultan Nazarbayev stripped of the title of leader of the nation

Nursultan Nazarbayev is no longer Elbasy.

Nursultan Nazarbayev is no longer Elbasy.

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The Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan decided to invalidate the law “On the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, thanks to which the first president of independent Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was proclaimed the leader of the nation (elbasy).

Nazarbayev was president of Kazakhstan for a record 28 years. And left the presidency in 2019. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev became his successor.

The explanatory note to the decision states that “at present, the Constitution lacks legal grounds for preserving the law “On the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan” in the current law of the Republic of Kazakhstan. And so the law becomes invalid.”

The law “On the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan” was adopted in 2000, it was finalized several times.

Its cancellation did not come as a surprise: earlier the speaker of the Majlis (lower house of the Kazakh parliament) Yerlan Koshanov announced plans to revise the effect of this law, which granted Nazarbayev a number of privileges and powers.

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