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Former veteran Kazakh leader denies conflict with successor

Kazakhstan’s influential former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his first appearance, yesterday any conflict with his successor, as unprecedented violence in Central Asian countries caused rumors of a power struggle. Also denied.
“President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev is doing his best,” Nazarbayev said in a video speech, nominating his carefully selected successor, adding that “there are no conflicts or conflicts between the elite.”
Nazarbayev said he has been a simple “pensioner” since 2019, when he transferred power from the former Soviet Union to career diplomat Tokaev. The Nazarbayev family has a broad business interest in Kazakhstan, and media reports indicate that they have an impressive portfolio of very expensive luxury properties abroad.
“I now took a deserved break in the capital of Kazakhstan and didn’t go anywhere,” Nazarbayev said, sitting at a large desk behind the four Kazakh flags.
Nazarbayev, 81, was the first independent president of Kazakhstan and has not been in public since the protests earlier this month, which led to unprecedented violence.
“This tragedy has become a lesson for all of us. It is important to know who organized all these pogroms and murders,” Nazarbayev said.
After resigning, Nazarbayev maintained an influential role in national politics and was given the title of “National Leader” (Elbasy). This is a constitutional position that grants immunity from prosecution and policy-making privileges.
He continued to chair the Security Council after his resignation, but Tokaev took over the position following the outbreak of anxiety in January.
Nazarbayev said yesterday that Tokaev will soon be elected president of the ruling Nur Otan party.
Protests broke out with soaring fuel prices, but escalated into violence between security forces and government opposition, killing dozens of people.
Much of the anger seemed to be directed at Nazarbayev, who had ruled Kazakhstan since 1989 before giving up power. Many protesters shouted, “Old man!” Mentioning Nazarbayev, his statue was demolished in a city in the south of Taldykorgan.
Some of Nazarbayev’s relatives left an influential post in the aftermath, and his ally Karim Massimov, who led the secret service, was imprisoned.
First, Tokaev criticized Nazarbayev last week, stating that he was unable to share the immense wealth of an energetic country with ordinary Kazakhs.
Tokaev has assembled a riot in an attempt at a coup backed by foreign “terrorists”, but has provided little supporting evidence. Violence killed 225 people and arrested about 10,000, officials said.
More than 2,000 troops from the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization were dispatched at Tokaev’s request to help calm anxiety and began withdrawing from Kazakhstan on Thursday.



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