Kazakhstan is marking the Day of the First President. The holiday was established as the recognition of the merits of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The date was chosen for a reason. It was this day when in 1991 Kazakhstan held the first national presidential elections, where the current head of state received 98.7% of votes.  International experts say that Nursultan Nazarbayev’s external and internal policies are farsighted and well-balanced. Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping initiatives, including the Astana Process on Syria settlement, received international recognition. According to experts, it was the Astana Process that laid the foundation for stopping violence in Syria, improving the humanitarian situation and creation of favorable conditions to settle the conflict.

ARIEL COHEN, DIRECTOR, U.S. INSTITUTE FOR ANALYSIS OF GLOBAL SECURITY:

 - Kazakhstan had developed itself not only economically, but also in international arena. As a country that knows what it is doing, knows where it is going, has a clear policy, including in the area of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, I would say it’s a model state of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. We saw it in Kazakhstan’s hosting the Syrian peace talks and now we will see it in Kazakhstan’s leadership role in the United Nations, and of course without president Nazarbayev there would be no such role.

According to experts, building a strong state has started since 1991. An entirely new type of statehood was created based on public trust and stability. The People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan became one of the most important instruments of the interethnic consent. The head of state managed to unite people of different nationalities. His wise decisions helped to avoid conflicts, develop the economy, and improve the social well-being of the population. State symbols were developed and a national currency was introduced. At present, the role of the First President in the history of independent Kazakhstan is invaluable, analysts say.  

ANATOLY NICHKASOV, AMBASSADOR OF BELARUS TO KAZAKHSTAN:

 - On the behalf of the Embassy of Belarus, I would like to congratulate the people of Kazakhstan on the First President’s Day that is marked on December 1. This year we all witnessed the successful holding of EXPO 2017 in Astana. Next year Astana is marking its 20th anniversary as the capital of Kazakhstan. We also join to this wonderful joy.

This year, Kazakhstan is marking the First President's Day for the fifth time. Concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, forums and campaigns, the main goal of which is strengthening of peace and harmony in the country, are traditionally held throughout the republic as part of the celebration. 

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