Posted: 18.01.2022 15:31:00

Nazarbayev addressed people of Kazakhstan

Nursultan Nazarbayev made a video address to the people of Kazakhstan, Kazinform reports


"January events shook the whole country. The goal of those organised riots and attacks on Kazakhstan was to destroy the country’s integrity and the foundations of the state. These events once again show that independence should be protected as the apple of the eye, as a fragile vessel that needs a special care. The tragedy that happened has become a lesson for all of us. It is important to find out who wreaked havoc and organised riots. The investigation will give an answer to this question. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims, and I wish those injured a speedy recovery," Kazakhstan’s First President said.

Responding to numerous appeals addressed to him and in connection with publications in the media, Nursultan Nazarbayev said that, in 2019, he transferred the power of the presidency to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and has been a pensioner since then. Mr. Nazarbayev noted that he is currently staying in the capital of Kazakhstan and has not left the city.

"President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has the full authority. He is the Chairman of the Security Council. The President will soon be elected chairman of the Nur Otan party. Therefore, there is no conflict or confrontation in the elite circle. Rumours on this issue are absolutely groundless," Mr. Nazarbayev stressed.