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New Kazakh president proposes renaming capital after ex-leader

Kazakhstan’s newly sworn-in president Kasym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday proposed renaming the country’s capital in honour of ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, a day after the longtime ruler’s shock resignation.

Kasym-Jomart Tokayev
Kasym-Jomart Tokayev

“I propose… naming the country’s capital Astana in honour of the first president,” Tokayev said, suggesting the new name be “Nursultan”.

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