Tokayev Kasim-Zhomart Kemelyovych


January 22, 2022

Qasym-Jomart Kemelūly Toqaev (born May 17, 1953) is a Kazakh politician, President of Kazakhstan since March 20, 2019. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan (October 1999 to January 2002) , Chairman of the Senate (2013-2019).


He studied at the Moscow Institute of International Relations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underwent undergraduate practice at the USSR Embassy in China. After graduation, he entered the service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and was appointed to the post at the Embassy in Singapore. In 1979 he returned to the Foreign Ministry, where he worked until 1985, after which he was sent to the Soviet Embassy in Beijing, where he served as Second Secretary, First Secretary and Counselor. In 1991 he entered the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR for advanced training courses for senior diplomatic personnel. In 1992 he received the post of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. In 1993 he became the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in 1994 he headed the Ministry. In March 1999, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister. In October of the same year he headed the government. In January 2002, he resigned and was later appointed Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs (until 2007). As foreign minister, he played an active role in the non-proliferation process. In 2007 he was elected Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan. In 2008, he became Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. In March 2011, Tokayev was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General at the Conference on Disarmament. On October 16, 2013, he was elected Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan. On March 19, 2019, after Nursultan Nazarbayev's statement that he resigned as President of Kazakhstan, on March 20, 2019, Kasim-Jomart Tokayev took office as President of Kazakhstan. On April 9, 2019, early elections scheduled for June 9, 2019 were announced. Tokayev won this election, gaining 70.96% of the vote, and took office on June 12, 2019. On March 20, 2019, Daryga Nursultanivna Nazarbayeva was elected Chairman of the Senate instead.

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