The capital of Kazakhstan can be renamed in honor of the first and only President of an independent state — Nursultan Nazarbayev.

This proposal was announced back in November last year. The main activist who pushes this idea is the deputy of the government Darkhan Kaletaev. Some deputies have already supported this project. According to them, Astana can be renamed to «Nursultan» or «Nazarbayev».

Reaction of the President

Nursultan Nazarbayev was rather skeptical about this idea. He thanked his compatriots for the honor they had given nevertheless refused such an offer.

But the deputies are not going to abandon this idea. They focus on world experience when in honor of important politicians, cities and other important geographical objects are called.

The proposal to rename Astana was made during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev