Astana City Assembly approve renaming capital city: from Astana to Nur-Sultan
Mar 22, 2019 9:23 am
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev suggested calling Astana with the name of Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Kazakh Parliament and Astana Maslikhat (city assembly) have taken the first steps to change the name of the capital city from Astana to Nur-Sultan, in honour of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Parliament and city assembly approved a proposal from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to change the name and adopted legislative amendments to the country’s Constitution that would facilitate the renaming.
The proposed name change was also sent March 20 to the National Onomastic Committee under the Kazakh government for study.
A number of legal steps are still necessary for the change to take effect, though.
Astana Akim (City Mayor) Bakhyt Sultanov said that the decision by former President Nazarbayev to resign is historic and that the city supports changing the name.
Today, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev suggested calling Astana with the name of Nursultan Nazarbayev. The city’s Akimat (administration) fully supports the proposal of the President.
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