President of Kazakhstan extends powers of Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kasym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a decree expanding the powers of the country’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had resigned. Thus, the chairman of the Security Council gains even more power, RIA Novosti reported.

Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned as president in March this year. Kasym-Jomart Tokayev became the head of state. In turn, Nazarbayev became the head of the Security Council, which determines the country’s domestic and foreign policy, and also remained the head of the Nur Otan party and a member of the Constitutional Council.

Under the new decree, Nazarbayev was given the authority to appoint ministers. Tokayev can no longer deal with this issue on his own, and the president loses much of his authority.

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