Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev undergoes successful heart surgery

Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev attends the inauguration of the new president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has undergone a successful heart surgery and his life is not in danger, his spokesman Aidos Ukibay said on Friday.

Ukibay’s tweet followed reports by Kazakh media that Nazarbayev, 82, who ran the oil-rich country for three decades, was hospitalised.

Nazarbayev resigned as president in 2019 and lost his remaining positions of power last year after falling out with his successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev amid violent unrest.

This month, the Kazakh parliament repealed a law that had given Nazarbayev the title of Yelbasy, or the leader of the nation, and granted legal immunity to his immediate family members.

Nazarbayev himself still enjoys immunity from prosecution given to him by the constitution.

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