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Kazakhstan: Aging President Urges Aging Public Servants to Retire

Kazakhstan’s septuagenarian leader Nursultan Nazarbayev has issued a heartfelt call for public servants to step aside after 25 years in the job and make way for fresh blood.

The long-serving president did not immediately announce any plans to step down from his own post, which he has held for a quarter of a century.

“It is necessary to establish a clear position on public servants retiring when they reach the legal retirement age,” Nazarbayev — who, at 75, is 12 years past the usual retirement age for men of 63 — told a Cabinet meeting in remarks quoted by Tengri News.

“That’s enough. For 25 years [some public servants] have been holding on … It’s time to go,” he said, without evident signs of irony.

Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan since 1989, first as its communist leader under the Soviet Union and then as president of an independent state since 1991.

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