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Kazakhstan renames capital as new President takes office

  • 21/03/2019
  • Kazakhstan’s new interim President was sworn in following the shock resignation of the country’s long-time ruler, and in his first official act renamed the capital after his predecessor. 
  • Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took office in less than 24 hours after Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader an independent Kazakhstan had ever known, suddenly announced resignation.
  • The proposed changing the name of the Central Asian nation’s capital from Astana to Nursultan, or ‘Sultan of Light’ in Kazakh, and Parliament approved the change within hours.