Nazarbayev hands over chairmanship of Kazakhstan's People's Assembly to Tokayev

Baku, April 29, AZERTAC

First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday announced his resignation as chairman of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and handed over power to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, according to Xinxua.

Addressing the 29th session of the assembly on Wednesday, Nazarbayev said all affairs need to be in the hands of a single person, noting that he will always be with the assembly but that it's time for a new leadership.

Tokayev proposed that Nazarbayev become the assembly's honorary chairperson.

"Nursultan Nazarbayev, at the dawn of Kazakhstan's independence, created such a successful social and political institution. This unique body subsequently received constitutional status and wide international recognition. The People's Assembly became the foundation of interethnic harmony in our country," Tokayev said.

Established in 1995 by Nazarbayev, the assembly is an advisory body whose task is to assist in the development and implementation of national policies as well as ensure social and political stability by coordinating inter-ethnic relations.

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