Radio Echo Moscow, citing sources in the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, reported that former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, nicknamed “the leader of the nation”, is ready to leave his country. Previously, Nazarbayev, who ruled the country for more than 27 years, lost his position as Chairman of the Security Council.

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The editor-in-chief of Radio Echo Mukoa, Alexei Venediktov on the Telegram channel, said that Nazarbayev is ready to leave the country for “medical” reasons. He gave no other details. The radio also reported that protesters in one of the cities, Taldykorgan, tried to overthrow the Nazarbayev memorial.

Moving away from the leader’s policy for a long time was one of the participants’ demands Anti-government protestsWhich has been going on in Kazakhstan for several days. The spark for them was the rise in prices, including gas prices.

Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan since the collapse of the Soviet Union. archive photo

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On Wednesday, Nazarbayev lost the position of the Security Council, an institution of the president responsible for coordinating activities in the field of security and foreign policy.

Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled oil-rich Kazakhstan for more than 27 years – since the country’s founding after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2019, the office was handed over to Kasim Umart Tokagyu. But the “leader of the nation” has not retired. He had a great influence on the political life of the country. Tokayev must have, among other things, the approval of his predecessor for the appointment of a majority of ministers.

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