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Kazakhstan’s Soviet-Era Leader Resigns After 30 Years

Expand Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev speaks during a televised address to the oil-rich nation in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  © 2019 Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service via AP For the last 30 years, Kazakhstan’s leader has been Nursultan Nazarbaev. The fact that he announced his resignation today was for many a shock, although perhaps not a complete surprise. After all, President Nazarbaev is 78 years old and Central Asia’s only remaining Soviet-era leader. In his televised announcement, Nazarbaev stated that Kazakhstan’s task under his rule had been “to build…

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