The resignation of long-time Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev on Tuesday was abrupt and unexpected for some. However, analysts say he’s been preparing for this for years and have weighed in on the consequences for the region. Nazarbayev, 78, has resigned after three decades in power. Before announcing it officially, he called Russian president Vladimir Putin, his closest foreign ally, to deliver the news. The abrupt resignation raised many eyebrows; however, analysts say that it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise.
Source: Kazakhstan to remain Russia’s key ally after Nazarbayev resigns as president, but stays in govt