The Parliament of Kazakhstan on November 23 adopted a Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of the independence of this former Soviet Republic. In this document, among other things, proposed to rename the capital of Kazakhstan the city of Astana in honor of the first and permanent President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev, reports the portal Zakon.kz.
Nazarbaev belongs to the great merit in the establishment and development of independent Kazakhstan, said at the meeting, the Deputy Kuanysh Sultanov. “Through thoughtful and effective international initiatives of the head of state the country has achieved high international authority and became a recognized leader in global anti-nuclear movement,” – said the MP.
“You can call the capital Nursultan, Nazarbayev”, – he told reporters on the sidelines of the Parliament. His colleague, bakytgul Kamenova proposed to rename Astana the head of State, and Senator Mikhail Bortnik called for a double name – Astana-Leader, reports the website Tengrinews.kz.
The former press Secretary of Nazarbayev, now Minister of information and communications of the Republic of Dauren Abayev, commenting on this initiative, representatives of the press, said: “I think that the proposal of deputies will be considered and the head of state, as always, on this issue to make a very informed decision”. On a question of journalists, whether this renaming is in case of its approval by the manifestation of the “cult of personality”, the Minister replied: “No, I don’t think so.”
The name of the present capital of Kazakhstan has already wanted to change in previous years: in 2013, the academician of the National Academy of science Sultan sartaev proposed to rename Astana city President, and four years earlier, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Kazakhstan Latif of Gandilov proposed to rename Astana into Sultan-ATA, reminds Tengrinews.kz.
However, from December 1 this year, the national Bank of Kazakhstan put into circulation new banknotes with a portrait of Nazarbayev.
Nursultan Nazarbayev has been ruling Kazakhstan for a quarter century. The first popular election 1 December 1991 he was elected President of the Kazakh SSR, gaining 98,78% of the vote.
One of the first steps Nazarbayev in this post was the signing of a law to rename the Kazakh Soviet socialist Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan of 10 December 1991, and after six days – December 16, 1991 – the Supreme Soviet of the Republic declared the state independence of Kazakhstan, that meant Declaration of the country as a sovereign state.
In 2010, Nazarbayev was awarded the title of Leader (“the leader of the nation”).