Kazakhstan’s president is to restore the former name of the country’s capital Astana, just three years after it was renamed in honor of his predecessor.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev renamed the city Nur-Sultan in 2019, for his predecessor and the first post-Soviet president Nursultan Nazarbayev.
It became the capital of the Central Asian nation after it took over from Almaty in 1997.
The president’s spokesman, Mr. Zeliban, said he agreed to rename the capital following an initiative by a group of members of parliament.
“The President is informed of this initiative by deputies, who in turn rely on suggestions expressed repeatedly during meetings with the population, as well as in numerous addresses of citizens during referendums.
“At the same time, the president sees Nursultan Nazarbayev’s decisive role in consolidating the modern state of Kazakhstan and the establishment of the capital as a historical fact,” the spokesman said.
“Therefore, other sites named after the first president shall bear his name.”
The name Khazakhstan was almost changed only in 2014, when Nazarbayev suggested that it become the Kazakh Yeli to separate the country from its “poor” neighbors among other ‘stans’.
Nazarbayev turned Astana into a showplace of swanky architecture, including an observation tower where visitors can lay their hands on Nazarbayev’s prints, The Associated Press informed of.
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