In an inevitable development, the government of Kazakhstan has decided to name the airport in the capital city in honor of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
As soon as Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev signed a decree to that effect on June 20, the state machine kicked into high gear hailing the decision.
The speaker of the lower house of parliament, Nurlan Nigmatulin, congratulated the people of Kazakhstan, suggesting this was an event that constituted nothing short of a cause for national celebration. Barely an hour had passed since the announcement was made official, before Nigmatulin was able to assert confidently that the renaming of Astana international airport had received massive support from the people.
Views were slightly more mixed on Facebook, the last outpost remaining to the more critical segment of the population in view of the state’s crushing of independent media.
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