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 Frustrations have been bolstered by perceptions that crucial national decisions are being made without the general population being consulted.

Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pose for photos Tuesday during a congress of the ruling party. (Stanislav Filippov/AFP/Getty Images)

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader Kazakhstan had known since the country gained independence nearly 30 years ago, resigned March 19. During his televised announcement, the longtime autocrat noted his government’s shortcomings in addressing economic problems and expressed desire for a new generation of leadership.

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The Nationwide Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan announced on Friday that it would not field a candidate for snap presidential elections slated for June 9 because it did not want to legitimize elections “without a choice.”

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The career diplomat who is a shoo-in to become only the second president of ex-Soviet Kazakhstan since its independence has always appeared to prize loyalty over political ambition.

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The Kazakh government is preparing to back President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's campaign ahead of the June 9 snap election, three sources told Reuters.

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 For 30 years, the dictatorial clan has been doing nothing but enriching itself.

February 2019: Residents of Zhanaozen call on president Nazarbayev to find them work and pay attention to youth problems | YouTube / Turar Sahtugan

Recent events in Kazakhstan show the regime’s evolving response to discontent from below.

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The Romanian Presidency held its High Level Conference to mark the adoption of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia – Connectivity for sustainable development at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest today.

Former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev attends the inauguration of his replacement in the position, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo: Vladislav Vodnev / SputnikNazarbayev employs ‘resign-while-retaining-power’ strategy – a model Putin may use one day

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Nursultan Nazarbayev, the longtime leader of Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s richest country, has always had a rather particular sense of humor. Back in 1998 he moved the country’s capital from the cozy, sunny city of Almaty to a place called Akmola on the windswept northern steppe.