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Kazakhstan: New Decree Requires Former President's Approval for Most Ministerial Appointments

1 MIN READOct 21, 2019 | 18:01 GMT

What Happened: A new presidential decree will require Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to obtain approval from Chairman of the National Security Council and former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev before appointing most ministers and governors, Reuters reported Oct. 21.

Why It Matters: The decree will give Nazarbayev greater influence over appointments of key ministerial posts, and could suggest that the former president is growing skeptical of his succession plan. The new rule could also set the stage for a power struggle between Nazarbayev and Tokayev, although official statements don't yet support the notion of a looming dispute between the two.

Background: Nazarbayev resigned from the presidency in March and supported Tokayev to succeed him, but the longtime president still retains significant influence from behind the scenes.

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