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Kazakhstan Renames Its Capital Astana

Current Affairs

  • Kazakhstan has renamed its country’s capital Nur Sultan. Nur Sultan will now be known as Astana.
  • Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has agreed to restore the former name of the country’s capital just three years after he renamed it in honour of his predecessor.
  • Tokayev’s spokesman, Ruslan Zheliban, said the president agreed to the name change after an initiative by a group of MPs.
  • It also passed a constitutional amendment to change the name of the capital from Nur-Sultan to Astana. After becoming an independent country in 1991, Kazakhstan moved its capital from Almaty to Astana in 1997. Astana was called Tselinograd in Soviet times.

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