// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2019. No II (ХLIII). P. 103-114
The voluntary resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev of the powers of the president was intended to ensure a peaceful and highly controlled transit of power in Kazakhstan. This was preceded by a rather lengthy process of formation of constitutional and legal conditions that allow the first president of Kazakhstan to retain important levers of power. His successor became Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Early presidential elections were due to a number of reasons, the main of which was the prevention of destabilization in the country. Today, the expresident continues to take an active part in the political life of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan, power transit, early elections, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
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