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Three Official Candidates for Presidential Election Remain; Most Self-Nominated Candidates Drop Out

ASTANA – Abelgazy Kussainov, Turgun Syzdykov and incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev remain the three official candidates in Kazakhstan’s early presidential election, which has been called for April 26, and hundreds of international observers are preparing to register to take part in monitoring the contest.   Nazarbayev and Syzdykov are...

Three Official Candidates for Presidential Election Remain; Most Self-Nominated Candidates Drop Out

ASTANA – Abelgazy Kussainov, Turgun Syzdykov and incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev remain the three official candidates in Kazakhstan’s early presidential election, which has been called for April 26, and hundreds of international observers are preparing to register to take part in monitoring the contest.   Nazarbayev and Syzdykov are...

EU Planning New Roadmap for Central Asian Strategy

ASTANA – The European Union is working on adapting its 2007 strategy for Central Asia with a greater emphasis on different approaches to relations with individual countries, a top European diplomat said. Toivo Klaar, head of the Central Asian Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS), spoke with The Astana...

Astana Receives New Technologically Advanced Firefighting Vehicles

ASTANA – The Astana Emergency Situation Department received new fire fighting vehicles on March 20. The vehicles will help Astana emergency personnel improve their effectiveness and increase the speed of fire-fighting operations in emergency situations. The AC-3-40 firefighting vehicle is equipped with a Hiromax system and is designed for...

Nazarbayev University Launches New Master’s Degree in Economics

ASTANA – Nazarbayev University (NU) launched a new master’s of arts in economics this month, the vice dean of research in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the school told The Astana Times on March 11. The master’s degree in economics is a two-year programme that is...

Kazakh Modern Art Well Received by French Public

The exhibition of contemporary painters, sculptors and carpet artists, “Shanyrak, Canopy of Heaven,” which was presented in the framework of the international project “Building Bridges between East and West,” was held recently in Cannes. According to an interview given by the Project Manager of the exhibition Larisa Inzhudzhyan to...

Institutional Reforms to Help Ensure Kazakhstan’s Sustainable Development

The decision by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to seek re-election next month was neither unexpected nor unwelcome to many citizens. His leadership has been an ever-present factor in Kazakhstan’s development as an economy and society since independence. The multiple challenges to our country’s continued growth and stability were the reason the presidential election was brought forward.…

Kazakh Skater Secures Country’s First World Cup Podium in 15 years

Kazakh speed skater Yekaterina Aidova from Karaganda secured third position and took bronze during the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup finals in Erfurt, Germany, March 21-22. Aidova finished the 500-metre event behind Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe of the U.S. Aidova won the first podium for Kazakhstan since...

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