“I get thousands of letters today from people who (…) are asking me to get nominated as a candidate. My personal plans were very different, to be honest. I govern Kazakhstan, and maybe it’s time to change the scenery? “- Nazarbayev said in a meeting with representatives of Kazakhstan public on the eve of the International Women’s Day.
In his speech, the President of Kazakhstan spoke about how he once asked the founder of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, about the reasons for his leaving the post of the head of state. “He said: “I’ve been governing for 31 years, and when I saw myself in recent years on television, I did not like it,” – shared Nazarbayev.
Nazarbayev signed a decree calling for an early presidential election on April 26, 2015. At the same time, during the announcement of the election date, he said that he is yet to make a decision about participating or not in the elections.
As of March 6, 10 people have been nominated as presidential candidates – 9 are self-nominated and a representative of the Communist Party. On Thursday, March 5, it became known that one of the self-nominated candidates, Askar Syrgabaev, could not pass an official language exam.
Nursultan Nazarbayev has been leading Kazakhstan since 1989. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991), he was the first secretary of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan, and then became the president. According to the Constitution of Kazakhstan, the same person cannot be elected a president more than two times in a row. This limitation does not apply to the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.