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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation on March 19, Trend reports.
“I made a decision to terminate my powers as president,” Nazarbayev said in an appeal to the people of Kazakhstan broadcast on national TV channels.
“This year marks my 30th year in office as the supreme leader of our country,” he noted. “I was given the great honor by my great people to become the first president of independent Kazakhstan.”
At the same time, he said that he will remain the chairman of the Security Council of Kazakhstan.
On Feb. 15, the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan clarified on Nazarbayev’s appeal about the interpretation of Paragraph 3 of Article 42 of the Constitution on the list of grounds for early termination of the powers of the head of state.
The main law implies the right of the head of state to resign, according to the council.