President of Kazakhstan spoke with Putin on phone before retiring
Nazarbayev remained the head of the country's Security Council and chairman of the ruling party.
The head of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree on his resignation on air, having previously held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin refused to disclose the details of the conversation. Until the next election the duties of the president of Kazakhstan will be performed by the speaker of the Senate Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, Interfax reports.
“In the afternoon today, there was a telephone conversation between President Putin and President Nazarbayev, but we have no information about the content of this conversation. The Kremlin press service is not commenting on this at the moment,” Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters.
Nazarbayev retained three key posts in the country: the head of the Security Council, the chairman of the ruling Nur Otan party and a member of the constitutional council. “The concerns of the country and the people remain my concerns,” Nazarbayev assured live.
Elections of the president of Kazakhstan will be held in April 2020. No information was reported on holding early elections. Nazarbayev has ruled the country since 1990.
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