Kasym-Žomart Kemeluly Tokajev
Kasym-Zhomart Kemeluly Tokyev (Kazakh ыасым-Жомарт Кемелұлы Тоқаев; * May 17, 1953) is a Kazakh diplomat and politician. He took office as President of Kazakhstan when he replaced Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned unexpectedly after 28 years in office.
Youth and family
His father, Kemel Tokajev (1923–1986), was a Kazakh writer and participant in the battles of World War II. His mother, Turar Shabarbayeva (1931-2000), worked at the Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages in Almaty.
In 1970, Kassym-Zhomart Kemeluly Tokayev began studying at the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow (MGIMO). In his fifth year, he completed a six-month internship at the Embassy of the Soviet Union in China. After completing his studies in 1975, Tokayev became an employee of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked at the Soviet Embassy in Singapore. From 1985 to 1991, he served as secretary and later adviser at the Soviet Embassy in Beijing.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he returned to Kazakhstan and in 1992 became Deputy and a year later First Deputy Foreign Minister.
From 1994 to 1999 and 2003 to 2007, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, and from 1999 to 2002 as Prime Minister of that country.
From 16 October 2013, he was President of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan. On March 19, 2019, he was appointed interim president of the country with effect from the following day due to the resignation of the current president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev, after his 28 years in office. Dariga Nazarbayeva, daughter of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had previously served as chairwoman of the Committee on International Affairs, Defense and Security in the Senate, was elected the new Senate President. One of Tokayev's first steps as president was to rename the capital of Astana to Nur-Sultan in honor of the former president. The renaming law was immediately approved by parliament. He is married and has one son. He was chairman of the Kazakh Table Tennis Federation for 13 years.
Presidential elections in Kazakhstan 2019
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