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The autocrat – at least a little bit

The decision was easy, confesses to Nursultan Nazarbayev to his people in a televised address. However, after 30 years in Power, he had decided to withdraw. To

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The autocrat – at least a little bit

The decision was easy, confesses to Nursultan Nazarbayev to his people in a televised address. However, after 30 years in Power, he had decided to withdraw. To be named his successor to the 78-Year-old the President of the Senate Jomart Tokaev. He become the chief of the National security Council. "So I will stay with you," he assured his people.

This should not all Kazakhs. Nazarbayev was long the undisputed and beloved father of the country. But since some years there is a crisis looming in the Central Asian giant country. Once the Tiger under the successor States of the Soviet Union, suffers from Kazakhstan today at the low price of Oil, Repression and corruption. Suddenly, enough money came in for his beloved prestige projects. During Nazarbayev about the new capital city of Astana, left in the middle of pounding in the Steppe out of the ground, the Rest of the country empty. We are paying the price now.

the epitome of Stagnation

finally, there were five little girls who made the President's clear that he serves as father of the country. The children were between three months and 13 years old when she died last month in a fire in a house in Astana. Mother and father could not save their Little ones, because they were both on night shift to support her family. The tragedy sparked angry protests from mothers against lousy working conditions, poverty, poor health care – and, ultimately, against the inept Regime.

Nazarbayev was forced to do something. Although the autocrat is powerful, but the growing discontent of the people power of the Kazakh leadership. With indignant words, Nazarbayev dismissed the government, as if he were not himself the Supreme chief in this plundered country. The new government promised an immediate package of assistance in the amount of 3.6 billion francs. Nothing as alms for the people, experts said. It was a lot of money, but too little to solve fundamental problems such as the dependence on oil and the reign of an oligarchical Clique. And too little to give to Kazakhstan, what it really needs: change.

The once mighty Nazarbayev himself was always more the epitome of Stagnation. As head of the Communist party of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, he had led his country in 1991 from the work of Paradise right in the capitalism. After the demise of the Soviet Union, he was elected for the first Time to the Kazakh President. This process every couple of years won, however, none of these elections was declared free and fair. His country was not yet ripe for democracy, law, Nazarbayev made, first of all, a viable economy must be established. The Kazakhs had boomed in the light of the Chaos in the neighbouring countries sank after the demise of the Soviet Union, nothing against your country. And the West did not mind at all, because you hoped to be good for business.

in 2010, chose the Parliament Nazarbayev to the leader of the Nation. This opportunity was given to him and his family are granted life-long immunity from prosecution. For a while it looked as if he wanted to build a family autocracy, and his daughter, Dariga, which controls the media in the country, to the successor to make. Whether this Plan is now reactivated, is unclear.

it is Clear that Nazarbayev is still, thanks to his Job at the head of the National security Council, a powerful Position that will allow the master of the power games, the country the stamp on it. Seen in this way, Nazarbayev's resignation is perhaps only a more advanced castling of the regime, as it is repeated for years every couple of months. "Democracy in Kazakhstan is an endless pregnancy," said the theater Director Bolat Atabajew once. "But how can someone be 20 years in the third month of pregnancy?" Whether the birth of democracy is now scheduled after 30 years, remains questionable. The show planned for 2020 elections.

Nazarbayev's personal success story is definitely the end: The strong man has grown old. For post-Soviet conditions, where the life expectancy for men is only a little more than 60 years, he is 78 already very old. Be are likely to at least have the consequence that, after years of agony, the political discourse starts. Still it can control the Regime, because competition is neither socially nor politically a serious. The change is in progress, the would be the final end for the autocrat Nazarbayev – and at least a beginning for Kazakhstan.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.03.2019, 22:44 PM

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