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Nazarbayev was, as described by the Guardian, ‘a seasoned autocrat who has been in power for more than 20 years and who likes to win elections with 95 per cent of the vote or more. He brooks no dissent or opposition and muzzles media outlets that dare question the wisdom of his rule.'

The Guardian, London


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Kazakhstan's record on human rights, as reported by the US based Human Rights Watch (HRW), is pretty miserable, but chief cheerleader Tony Blair, who negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal with Mr Nazarbayev to ‘advise on governance’, bravely endeavours to paint a different picture. The Kazakhstan President’s own get out of jail card has been his helpful approach to cooperation in the Afghanistan conflict, which appears to have trumped other less positive considerations.

Nazarbayev likes to strut the world stage posing as an elder statesman, and he has won kudos from the international community over his nuclear non-proliferation efforts (Kazakhstan voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons at independence) and his amenable attitude towards security co-operation with the west over Afghanistan.

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Kazakstan Respublikasy (Republic of Kazakhstan)
Head of State: President Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev (Nur Otan) (from 1990; re-elected Apr 2015)
Head of government: Prime Minister Karim Massimov (appointed 2 April 2014)
Ruling party: Nur Otan (National Democratic Party) (NDC) (since 1999; re-elected 15 Jan 2012)
Area: 2,717,300 square km
Population: 17.42 million (2014)*
Capital: Astana (seat of government) (renamed 1998; formerly called Akmola; inaugurated as the new capital 1997); Almaty (formerly Alma Ata, commercial capital)
Official language: Kazakh
Currency: Tenge (T) = 100 tein (introduced Nov 1993)
Exchange rate: T245.05 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$12,184 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 4.30% (2014)*
GDP: US$212.26 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 8.12 million (2010)
Unemployment: 5.22% (2014)*
Inflation: 6.72% (2014)*
Oil production: 1.70 million bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 19.30 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$33.69 billion (2013)
* estimated figure


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