New head of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree on renaming the capital. About this stated the press service of the head of the country.
"To rename Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the city of Nur-Sultan - the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan ", - said in the document.
The decree takes effect from the moment of its official publication.
1st head of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on March 19 announced that it is retiring. The range of opportunities he gave as Tokaev, the speaker of the Senate - he will perform the duties of the head of the country Until the next elections, planned for 2020.
on the subsequent day Tokayev took the oath and supported the initiative to Rename the capital to Nur-Sultan, and the deputies of the Parliament has approved appropriate amendments to the Constitution. In addition, Tokayev tried to convince to erect a monument in honour of Nazarbayev and called his name a Central street of the regional cities.
Against the renaming of Astana supports the opposing political force. In the capital, and Almaty took place uncoordinated actions, during which police detained several dozen people.
Astana (literally "capital" ) was named in 1998 when it became the capital of Kazakhstan. Until 1961 the city was called Akmolinsk, then renamed as Tselinograd, and from 1992 to 1998 he was called Akmola.