Kazakhstan capital is renamed from Astana to Nur-Sultan

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree to rename the Kazakh capital from Astana to Nur-Sultan in honor of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“It is necessary to immortalise the name of our great contemporary, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Our capital should bear the name of our President and be called Nur-Sultan. I would like to add that this proposal was already expressed by parliamentarians in the declaration adopted Nov. 23, 2016 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” said President Tokayev.

President Tokayev also proposed renaming main streets in Kazakhsatn’s regional capitals in Nazarbayev’s honor and erecting a monument in his honor in the capital. The Astana Maslikhat (city assembly) approved March 20 the proposal of President Tokayev to change the name of the capital.

Astana Akim (City Mayor) Bakhyt Sultanov said that the decision by former President Nazarbayev to resign is historic and that the city supports changing the name.

“Today, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev suggested giving Astana the name of Nursultan Nazarbayev. The city’s Akimat (administration) fully supports the proposal of the President to perpetuate our great contemporary, First President Nursultan Nazarbayev,” he said during a meeting at the Akimat (city administration) on March 20.

He said that Astana is the brainchild of Nazarbayev and the personification of the country’s socio-economic achievements over the years of independence, which demonstrates the country’s role and potential for further development.

“Nursultan Nazarbayev has always emphasised the high status of our city, which gives directions, unites the people of Kazakhstan and is the pillar of peace, harmony and prosperity in our society. Renaming Astana in his honour will emphasise the greatness of his political wisdom and historical mission for future generations of Kazakhstan. The Akimat strongly supports the idea of the new head of the state to rename the capital Nur-Sultan. We also offer you to support the initiative of President Tokayev and to take part in the creation of new opportunities for the development of our capital,” said Sultanov, addressing the city assembly.

Source: The Astana Times