Foreign Experts’ Views on the Resignation of Kazakhstan’s First President

Foreign Experts’ Views on the Resignation of Kazakhstan’s First President

The resignation of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev is widely discussed in both Kazakhstan and around the world.

He is popularly known as a reformer with an outstanding personality with a name that will live in the history, said Georgian political expert and former Head of State Chancellery, Petre Mamradze.

“Nursultan Nazarbayev did not completely leave politics, which is a right and wise decision as he remains in the country’s Security Council. He left the President’s office in time and he has played a highly positive role.”

“Kazakhstan’s First President is a leader who managed to gradually bring the country to prosperity, which is recognized all over the world,” Mamradze added.

Nursultan Nazarbayev shocked the world by announcing his resignation as the President of Kazakhstan on March 19th, 2019.

He is replaced by Qasym-Jomart Toqayev, the former speaker of the Upper House of Parliament who was sworn as an Interim President on March 20th, 2019.

The First President remains the chairman of the Security Council and continues to be the head of Kazakhstan’s ruling party, Nur Otan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation is also widely discussed in Armenia.  Deputy speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Vahe Enfiajyan emphasized that the First President’s decision was wise and well-thought.

The Armenian politician also believes that the two countries will continue its strategic partnership.  

“I think that Nursultan Nazarbayev’s announcement was unexpected for both the people of Kazakhstan and the world given that he still has a one-year term.”

“Over the years in office, Nursultan Nazarbayev is always highly supported by the people of Kazakhstan. When he was in office, Armenia enjoyed the cooperation it has with Kazakhstan. We hope that this cooperation will continue and will expand,” Enfiajyan said.