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Kazakh 'Leader of the Nation' Nazarbayev, 79, has coronavirus

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Nursultan Nazarbayev's health is a national conversation topic due to the impact that his death could have on the vast, oil-producing former Soviet republic of more than 18 million people

POSITIVE. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2018 Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev looks on as he arrives for a Asia Europe Meeting at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Successor to longtime Kazakh ruler is sworn in as president

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pledges 'different opinions, united nation' would be the slogan of his presidency, during the ceremony in the capital Nur-Sultan

THE NEW PRESIDENT. Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Kazakhs hold vote for first new leader in decades

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The buildup to the vote is marked by an intensifying crackdown on the opposition with courts sentencing protesters to short stays in jail and police raiding activists' homes

A man waits to receive his ballot at a polling station during Kazakhstan's presidential elections in Nur-Sultan on June 9, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

New Kazakhstan president calls snap elections for June

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says he had consulted with Nursultan Nazarbayev and other top officials before making the decision

SNAP ELECTIONS. In this file photo, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Central Asian nation's senate also appoints ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's eldest daughter Dariga as speaker, setting her up as a potential contender to succeed her father

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Kazakhstan's Senate chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's authoritarian modernizer

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:08 AM

As ruler of Kazakhstan for almost 30 years, he is responsible for turning the Central Asian country into an energy powerhouse while governing with little tolerance for opposition

Kazakh leader announces shock resignation after 30 years in power

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, has ruled Kazakhstan since before the collapse of the Soviet Union and leaves no obvious successor

RESIGNATION. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev announces his shock resignation on March 19, 2019, 29 years after taking office. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP

Ruling party set for win as Kazakhstan votes

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:02 PM

The country s Central Election Committee CEC says that by 1200 GMT more than 75 of nearly 10 million voters had cast their votes in a ballot featuring 6 parties mostly supportive of Nazarbayev

VOTING. People vote at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in the village of Kordai, some 250 km south of Almaty, Kazakhstan, March 20, 2016. Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Former Kazakh PM sentenced to 10 years in prison

Dec 12, 2015 - 5:18 PM

The court finds Akhmetov guilty on 4 corruption related charges including embezzlement and abuse of power

Cancelled Ukraine summit to go ahead at 'end of January'

Jan 15, 2015 - 10:08 PM

The two leaders make the agreement in a telephone call

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:06 AM

But a high ranking Ukrainian official says Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia

WELCOME TO KIEV. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) welcomes Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (L), during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 December 2014. Mykola Lazarenko/Pool/EPA

Rights group slams Kanye West for Kazakhstan gig

Sep 04, 2013 - 7:49 AM

West was reportedly paid 3 million to perform as the surprise celebrity guest at the wedding of the Kazakh president s grandson

In this file photo, US rapper Kanye West performs at the Big Day Out music festival on the Gold Coast, Australia, 22 January 2012. EPA/Bradley Kanaris