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New Title for Nazarbayev

ASTANA, Kazakhstan — President Nursultan Nazarbayev was declared Kazakhstan’s Leader of the Nation on Tuesday, which could signal the start of his gradual departure from the country’s political scene.

The new law gives Nazarbayev, 69, control over government policy after leaving the presidency as well as immunity from criminal prosecution for any actions taken while in office. It also protects all assets of the president and his family. Nazarbayev had earlier rejected a draft but has not formally vetoed it.


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