Kazakhstan Presidential Succession 19 March 2019
Nursultan Nazarbayev surprised everybody today with the announcement that he is to step down as president of Kazakhstan with immediate effect. However, it also appears that he has been at least clarifying the rules for succession in recent months and planning for an early resignation. It appears he prefers a position where he can manage the succession process and to ensure a smooth succession, rather than take the risk of waiting. He will be 79 in July.