🇰🇿 Why did Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev resign? | Inside Story

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He's the only leader Kazakhstan has ever known since its independence, and its first President.
Now 78-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev has stepped down in a sudden announcement.
But although Nazarbayev has ended his almost thirty year-rule, he's not given up power.
He is keeping the constitutional status of both "leader of the nation" and chief of the country's security council.
The speaker of the upper house of parliament, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has been sworn in to serve the rest of Nazarbayev's term which ends in 2020.
Does that signal a shift in this central Asian state?
And how's this being viewed, regionally AND globally?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests
Yevgeniy Zhovtis, human rights activist.
Alex Melikishvili, analyst at financial risk consultancy I-H-S Markit.
William Courtney, former U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan


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Because he is old and has health problems. Wants to avoid situations like in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, where an ex-president's legacy is wiped out and their family imprisoned.

Author — Kazakh Doge

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He resigned as he wanted to be able to spend more time playing FIFA..

Author — The Wolverine

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He is clever to leave before they kick him out.

Author — 456inthemix

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Sudden stepdown is order from the so-called higher elites, they're all heading to NWO, aka to own-death or self-destruction.

Author — YouFixTube

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And also change the name of the Kazakistan capital to his name. Is that proper thing to do?

Author — Al Demir

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Neden başkanlıktan cıktı kendi kızına oy vermek için cıktı

Author — bilmiyorum bil

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I won't be surprised if I won't be able to get to my motherland

Author — Sholpan Belbayeva

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He resigned because he knows that ww3 is about to expand.
Its about to get ugly.

He's heading for his bunker.

Author — Qedar Adonai

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Nazarbayev wants to make himself a Tokar monarch just for the transit of his daughter’s power, a very cunning Dictator Nazarbev robbed his People

Author — Abu Aaa

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We will fight communists or democracy country. Asia country will be like eu.

Author — Hmoob Minnesota Yangtze 9 CLANS

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Nazarbayev is a brutal dictator. If you like him, invite him to rule your country and have fun!

Author — Old Fart

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No, Central Asia need independence. Asia need to bond for whites peoples

Author — Hmoob Minnesota Yangtze 9 CLANS

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Kazakhstan under Nazarbayev reign was moved away from democracy and became a totalitarian country where any political opinions of against the Nazarbayev politics were prohibited. He stepped down but he gain more power as the Father of the Nation. Now he have more control over a next president

Author — Sholpan Belbayeva

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No matter what, Kazakhstan made remarkable development in all fields under his 30 years of leadership.

Author — I Speak

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the Kazakhs are slave nation controlled and colonized by the Russians

Author — Kalbit Malbit

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Congratulations to Aljazeerah English (Online) for assembling a very good tele-conferenced panel of various specialists with the likes of Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Alex Melikishvili and especially William Courtney on this issue of Nazarbayev's resignation and "succession".

Zhovtis was right in viewing the political reforms so far, as inadequate and also that the country lacks really independent main institutions. Privatizations too are limited to a group of oligarchs. But then, this is not a situation unique to Kazakhstan only, in fact many other successful countries across Eurasia and the rest of the world too share this clearly less than ideal attribute.

Similarly, Melikishvili too was spot on, in discerning signs of possible political maneuvering in this unfolding succession excercise and was absolutely right in identifying the heterogeneous character of Kazakhstan's ruling circles, unlike the situation in countries like Singapore. Still, to the extent that there is any similarity, Tokayev actually figures as a seat-warmer, something akin to Goh Chok Tong in Singapore. Not entirely a bad idea or model when one comes to think of it.

The eminent William Harrison Courtney was even better when he objectively listed Nazarbayev's various truely wise policies, displaying therewith a maturity that otherwise belies Kazakhstan's relative inexperience in international affairs. For the rest of the world, only a person of Courtney's stature and experience can competently identify Dariga's lack of political base in Kazakhstan. Similarly, he was totally right in bluntly saying that Kazakhstan has perforce to be pro-Russia even as it balances in the other powers, in the years ahead.

Kudos to all of them for a decent analysis of the topic !

Author — hujjatullah sahib

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Borat should be next the president of Kekistan

Author — Kalbit Malbit

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The U.S. panelist looks exactly like Trump himself, but from a parallel universe where Trump is a Russian...

Author — Nju Vanrui

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Turkish President Erdogan plans to retire in 2071 and removing capital to Istanbul and renaming the city Erdogancity.

Author — Ersin Avseren

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Borat is in shock, what is "khappening" in my Boratistan? :) Thank god he is gone from this position, now we wait his resignation from other ones that he gave himself.

Author — zolizar