Kazakhstan’s ruler of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev has gone. Only he’s not gone. And ordinary Kazakhs who’ve lived through three “Soviet-groomed” decades don’t hold out much hope a handpicked successor will change much about their lives.
The last three decades have been a remarkable but flawed exercise in nation building.
Day also sees resigned leader’s daughter made Senate speaker but there’s considerable doubt that she will turn out to be the true presidential successor.
Matters have been arranged, however, to ensure the septuagenarian remains the power behind the Kazakh throne.
World Justice Project's annual rule of law index shows improvements, but drilling into the subfactors big disparities persist.
Disastrous demographics and tightening labour markets will keep up the pressure on governments across the region to encourage women to enter and remain in the workforce.
Move follows abrupt firing of cabinet for failing to improve living standards and lack of progress in diversifying economy away from dependence on oil exports.
Nursultan Nazarbayev blames the government for failing to reduce the Kazakh economy’s over-reliance on commodities exports, and promises social programmes to support ordinary citizens.