Known as ‘Papa’ to many Kazakhs, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled the vast oil and gas-rich Central Asian nation since 1989. Photo: AP

Kazakhstan’s strongman of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigns, but will still wield considerable power

  • Analysts expect Nazarbayev to remain the most powerful person in Kazakhstan even after he steps down
  • His effort to do so will be watched closely in the region, not least by Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Known as ‘Papa’ to many Kazakhs, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled the vast oil and gas-rich Central Asian nation since 1989. Photo: AP
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