The Senate of Kazakhstan voted to exclude the Day of the First President from the list of public holidays, APA reports ciitng Kazinform. The document was sent for the signature of the head of state.
The Day of the First President will have the status of socially significant holidays, along with the Day of State Symbols, Thanksgiving Day, and others. The law also establishes a national holiday, Republic Day, which will be celebrated on 25 October. Independence Day (October 16) acquires the status of a state, not a national holiday.
First President’s Day has been celebrated on December 1 since 2012. The first leader of the country was Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned in 2019.
Kazakhstan’s parliament and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev approved constitutional amendments last week. They returned the name of Astana to the capital. Mr. Tokayev, who succeeded Mr. Nazarbayev, initiated the renaming of the capital to Nur-Sultan in 2019.