ALMATY/NUR-SULTAN (Reuters) – Kazakh police detained dozens of protesters who took to the streets of major cities on Saturday to mark the 79th birthday of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev by demanding he cede power, Reuters witnesses said.
A former steelworker-turned-Communist apparatchik, Nazarbayev ruled the oil-rich Central Asian nation from 1989 until his resignation in March, when he installed a loyal successor while retaining sweeping powers for himself.
Nazarbayev - Title - Yelbasy - Leader - Head
Nazarbayev’s new title is Yelbasy, or national leader, and he is also head of the influential security council.
His July 6 birthday is a public holiday officially linked to the inauguration of the former Soviet republic’s capital, which was renamed Nur-Sultan after his resignation.
Protesters - Square - Nur-Sultan - Saturday - Hundreds
Protesters gathering near a square in Nur-Sultan on Saturday were met by hundreds of police officers in riot gear who quickly dispersed the rally, detaining dozens of people and taking them away in buses, said a Reuters correspondent at the scene.
In Kazakhstan’s biggest city,...
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