Nazarbayev didn’t go away Kazakhstan amid protests, his workplace claims

Social media was flooded with studies of nation’s first president withdrawing

Kazakhstan’s first impartial chief, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has not left his homeland and stays within the capital, the place he has been holding consultations with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, his spokesman claimed on Saturday.

The whereabouts of Nazarbayev – an influential veteran politician who dominated Kazakhstan for almost 30 years, from 1991 as much as his resignation in 2019 – had been unknown for a while, because the nation was engulfed in a sequence of unprecedented protests that led to outbreaks of violence.

Following his 2019 departure from workplace, Nazarbayev retained his huge political affect since he took over as the top of Kazakhstan’s National Security Council and likewise saved his ‘Elbasy’ (‘Leader of the Nation’) title, held since 2010.

The final time he’d made a public look was in late December, when he visited an off-the-cuff summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – a company comprising most former Soviet Republics. During that journey to St. Petersburg, Nazarbayev met Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko.

Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev relieved Nazarbayev of his duties as the top of Kazakhstan’s National Security Council amid protests on January 5.

Nazarbayev additionally didn’t make any public statements throughout days of riots, which drew the main focus of the broader world. His absence from public life sparked a flurry of studies suggesting the inaugural president may need fled, or been in any other case incapacitated. 

Some social media posts recommended that state officers had even began refraining from calling the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan amid the continuing protests. Previously often called Astana, the town was renamed after Nazarbayev in 2019. Others pointed to a monument to Nazarbayev being destroyed by an offended crowd of protesters.

Western social media was significantly alive with studies claiming that he and his “clan” members had fled to the UAE and even China. On Saturday, the primary president’s spokesman, Aidos Ukibay, claimed on Twitter that Nazarbayev continues to be within the Kazakh capital, the place he “holds a series of advisory meetings” and is “in direct contact” with the incumbent president, Tokayev.

Ukibay additionally referred to as on folks and the media to not unfold “false or speculative information” about his employer.

Kazakhstan has seen unprecedented protests over surging gas costs for a few week now. The demonstrations spiraled uncontrolled and was violent riots that noticed armed protesters combating regulation enforcement officers and ransacking authorities buildings. Dozens have been killed in such incidents, together with civilians and safety officers. Almost 4,000 folks had been detained as of Friday.

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