19th March 2019 – In a televised address this evening, Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that as of tomorrow he is relinquishing the duties of the President of Kazakhstan, a position he has held since December 1991.
“As the founder of the independent Kazakh state, I see my future task in ensuring the coming to power of a new generation of leaders who will continue the ongoing reforms,” he said in what he called a “special” address that was delivered in both Kazakh and Russian.
“The issue of succession of power in Kazakhstan is resolved in the Constitution. In case the current President relinquishes the duties, his duties are transferred to the Chairman of the Senate until the end of the current term. Then, the election of a new President is held.”
Nazarbayev then went on to sign what he called his last decree as Kazakh President, appointing the time for the taking of office for the current Chairman of the Senate, Qasym-Jomart Toqayev, for midday on March 20th at the joint session of Parliament.