President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev commented on the position of the country's authorities on the first president Nursultan Nazarbayev. He pointed out that “various negative rumors are circulating in the country”, said that Nazarbayev “did a lot to turn our country into a strong state” and called on him not to forget his historical merits and to be objective.
“A nation that tarnishes its past has no future,” Tokaev said, paraphrasing the statement “A nation that does not know or has forgotten its past has no future,” attributed to Plato and Mikhail Lomonosov, among others.
Previously, Nazarbayev appeared at a video meeting of the Nur Otan party and called on his teammates to elect Tokayev chairman. The corresponding decision was soon taken unanimously.
The Senate of Kazakhstan deprived Nazarbayev of a life presidency of the Security Council of Kazakhstan.