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Former Kazakhstan president emphasizes that “there is no conflict between the elite”

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who made his first video appearance since making a noise in Kazakhstan this month, also rejected rumors that he was abroad.

Nazarbayev denied that there was a tension between him and his successor, President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev. (Reuters)

Former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev first appeared this month since the turmoil shook the former Soviet Republic, and said in a video speech that there was no conflict between the country’s elite.

Nazarbayev, 81, who ruled oil-producing countries for 30 years, said in a video on Tuesday that he remained in Kazakhstan during the worst violence in history after the Soviet Union.

“… I transferred (President’s) authority to President Kassym-Jomart Kaev in 2019 and have been a pensioner ever since, now retired in the capital of Kazakhstan and have not gone anywhere.” He said.

Nazarbayev, who ran Kazakhstan for 29 years after independence and remained influential after resigning as president in 2019, also has a tension between him and his carefully selected successor, President Tokaev. I denied that.

“There are no conflicts or conflicts within the elite,” Nazarbayev said two weeks after the protests began. “Rumors about this are completely unfounded.”

The sudden disappearance of Nazarbayev during protests and the detention of former State Security Director Karim Massimov for treason prompted talk of a rift between the former president and his successor.

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Fatal anxiety

At the peak of anxiety, Tokaev said he was taking over the chair of the National Security Council. The National Security Council is in a position to continue to exercise drastic power even after Nazarbayev resigned as president.

This move was seen as an attempt to end the sponsorship of a former leader who caused tensions among the elites of the Kazakh ruling class and further fueled anxiety.

Protests in Kazakhstan, a country rich in oil and gas in Central Asia, began on January 2 in a small western town over nearly doubling fuel prices.

However, they soon spread throughout the vast nation, growing into a general protest against the government, turning into a violent riot that killed more than 220 people.

More than 4,300 people were injured and thousands were detained by authorities.

After security forces regained control of the country of 19 million people, Tokaev said he wanted those who built property under Nazarbayev to share their wealth with the people.

Since January 15, Nazarbayev’s three son-in-laws have all resigned from senior positions in state-owned enterprises and business lobby groups.

And Tokaev dismissed the nephew of the former president from the second place of the National Security Commission.

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Source: Reuters

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