Two Mutton Heads in One Cooking Pot

Now that Kazakhstan is led President KasymZhomart Tokayev and his predecessor aka “the Leader of the Nation” Nursultan Nazarbayev has assumed the position behind his back and, at the same time, above him, the country has formed a unique configuration of the authoritarian political system and the super-presidential vertical.

And the popular Central Asian expression “two mutton heads cannot stew in one cooking pot” can now be used to describe not only the way of life and the mentality of the Kazakhs but also the domestic political processes happening in the country.

In view of this, it may be wise to investigate how this whole thing is implemented in practice.

Judging by the publications in the press, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s office will be located in the Nazarbayev Center. The journalists have learned this from Makhmud Kasymbekov. To make sure that the Leader of the Nation’s operations run smoothly, they have created a special office that Kasymbekov has been put in charge of.

The text of the corresponding order is of some interest (text in bold hereinafter by kz.expert).

“The Order of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation “On appointing Kasymbekov M.B. the Head of the Office of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation”

To appoint Kasymbekov Makhmud Bazarkulovich the Head of the Office of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation.

The First President

of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation                      N. Nazarbayev

Astana, March 19, 2019

#2”.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find the text of Order #1, but, by the looks of it, it had to do with creating the Office of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. However, the very fact of the appearance of a new type of document – orders of Nursultan Nazarbayev that will co-exist with the decrees of President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev raise eyebrows and even doubts that, we hope, Akorda and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan will eventually put to rest.

We will illustrate the reason for our befuddlement through the example of Order #3.

The Order of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation “On appointing Bisembayev A.A. the Aide of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation – the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Affairs Office”

To appoint Bisembayev Abay Aydarkhanovich the Aide of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation – the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Affairs Office.

The First President

of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation                      N. Nazarbayev

Astana, March 19, 2019

#3”.

In our opinion, Nursultan Nazarbayev, as the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the “Leader of the Nation”, has every right to appoint Abay Bisembayev his aide but not the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Affairs Office. Logic suggests that, in this case, they needed two documents – the order of Nursultan Nazarbayev and the decree of Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev. However, Akorda’s legal department either missed it or didn’t dare to interfere with the signing of this “historic” document.

The reasons why Nursultan Nazarbayev has taken with him Abay Bisembayev and Makhmud Kasymbekov are obvious and quite understandable from the human perspective. For many years, they (Kasymbekov especially) have been maintaining the life of the now former head of the state and, one can say, are quick to understand him and know his (even unvoiced) desires.

Apart from that, it looks like it was much easier to create the special Office of the First President than to divide the Presidential Affairs Office. Moreover, we believe it was practically impossible to do due to a number of objective and subjective reasons.

Be as it may, as a result, Nursultan Nazarbayev made a decision that, from the internal political standpoint, did even more harm than the senseless breaking up and arresting of the few protestors against the renaming of the capital of Kazakhstan from Astana into Nur-Sultan.

For it turns out that, in the hierarchy of the normative documents, an order of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is placed higher than a decree of the acting President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Which, one must admit, should be regarded not only as a revolution in the Kazakh law but the confirmation that the country is now ruled by a total chaos on the part of those in power.

As a result, speaking of the transit of the supreme power in Kazakhstan, it looks as if Nursultan Nazarbayev has decided (due to some private reasons probably related to the state of his health) to acquire a deputy. But, due to the fact that the institute of vice-presidency has been liquidated in the country a long time ago, he chose to put a “sham-president”, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, in charge of the country. 

So, now Akorda’s propaganda machine may put Ivan the Terrible who, if we remember correctly, also placed a “sham-tsar”, Simeon Bekbulatovich, at the head of the kingdom on the list of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s historic predecessors that already includes Ataturk, Lee Kuan Yew and Deng Xiaoping.


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