Nazarbayev resigns as chair of Assembly of People of Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan, Apr 28 (EFE).- The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced here Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan in favor of current head of state Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

“In accordance with the Constitutional Law of Elbasy, I have the right to chair the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan for life. I do not refuse, I will always be with you. But the Assembly should stand next to the current president as support,” he said during the body’s 29th session.

The United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Angel Moratinos, described Nazarbayev as the main protagonist of development in Kazakhstan.

The former Spanish foreign minister also expressed gratitude to Nazarbayev for “the personal friendship and support.”

“I would like to congratulate the people of Kazakhstan, its President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the current President Tokayev for what they have achieved in these 30 years, where in a very short period of time they have been able to build a country that has seen economic and social development with enormous international prestige,” Moratinos said.

Established in 1995 as an advisory body, the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan brings together delegates representing the more than 130 ethnic groups that make up the vast Central Asian nation.

Its role is to promote dialogue in pursuit of social and political stability and fostering cooperation between the state and civil society. EFE


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