Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev surprised everyone and no one by stepping down from office last month after nearly three decades in power. We are now in a transition phases where Nazarbayev eases himself out of office, but clearly he intends to remain fully in control of the process.
On April 9 a snap presidential election was called that will be held in June and is likely to confirm interim Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as the permanent head of the country.
What is not clear is what happens next? Will be continue Kazakhstan’s policies? Will he strike out in a new direction? Will he go after regional integration?
bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to Professor Alexey Malashenko, the Chief Researcher at Dialogue of the Civilizations in Moscow, about that could happen next.
Ben Aris, editor-in-chief, bne IntelliNews
Professor Alexey Malashenko, the Chief Researcher at Dialogue of the Civilizations