Amendment to Constitution renaming Astana to Nur-Sultan

Kazakh President signs decree
Amendment to Constitution renaming Astana to Nur-Sultan
25 March 09:52 2019 Print This Article

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree on renaming Astana to Nur-Sultan.

The decree reads as follows: “In accordance with Article 9 of the Law of Dec. 8 1993 to rename the city of Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to the city of Nur-Sultan , the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This decree comes into force on the day of its first official publication”.

Tokayev has also signed amendments to the country’s Constitution.

President Tokayev suggested renaming Astana as Nur-Sultan to perpetuate the name of the First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, March 20 immediately after he took the oath of office at the joint session of the Kazakh Parliament.

The Kazakh government proposed the President to hold a national referendum to amend the Constitution to rename the capital. President Tokayev submitted to the Parliament a proposal to change the name without a referendum. The Constitutional Council had a positive conclusion on the proposed change. As a result, the Parliament approved the renaming of Astana to Nur-Sultan.

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