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Kazakhstan's president abruptly resigns

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Kazakhstan's president abruptly resigns

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has unexpectedly resigned after three decades in power.

It appears to be a strategic manoeuvre - that will see him retain considerable sway on the country's politics.

The 78-year-old veteran president is known fondly as "Papa" to many Kazakhs.

He says he wants to make way for a new generation of leaders.

That said - Nazarbayev plans to retain his seats on the security council and as party leader.

And hand over the presidency to a loyal ally for the rest of his term - which ends in April 2020.

That ally is Kassym-Jomart Tokayev - the speaker of the upper house of parliament.

He will take over as Kazakhstan's acting president for the remainder of his term in line with the constitution.

Currently though, Nazarbayev has no evident long term successor.

Nazarbayav is a close ally of Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

The two are said to have spoken by phone on the day he resigned.

No details of the phone call were given.




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