Senate Speaker, President Kazakh

Nazarbayev: Toqayev is “an honest, responsible and indispensable person,” well qualified to lead the nation
Senate Speaker, President Kazakh
20 March 09:53 2019 Print This Article

“The issue of succession of power in Kazakhstan is resolved in the Constitution. In case the current President relinquishes the duties, his duties are transferred to the Chairman of the Senate until the end of the current term. Then, the election of a new President is held”: Nursultan Nazarbayev has announcing the post-Nazarbayev: Toqayev is  a trustworthy person “who knows the country, its economy and politics.”

Nazarbayev, who was first elected in December 1991, went on to sign what he called his last decree as President of Kazakhstan, relinquishing his duties beginning the next day, March 20,  and appointing the time for the taking of office for the current Chairman of the Senate, Qasym-Jomart Toqayev, as noon March 20 at the joint session of Parliament.

A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Toqayev has held some of the highest positions in Kazakhstan as Foreign Minister in the early years of Kazakhstan’s independence, Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister and most recently Chair of the Senate.

The President explained his decision to step down comes at a time when the world is changing and bringing not only opportunities, but technological and demographic challenges, which call for a new generation to step up to bring the solutions.

“I remain the Chairman of the Security Council, which is vested with strong powers. I remain the chairman of the Nur Otan Party, and a member of the Constitutional Council. Which means I stay with you and the country and our people remain my concerns,” said Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev interpreted his new task as to ensure the coming to power of a new generation of leaders who will continue the transformations that has begun in Kazakhstan.

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