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Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Appoints Protégé as Almaty Mayor

In an unexpected reshuffle earlier this month, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s nephew and longtime Almaty Mayor Akhmetzhan Yesimov was effectively demoted to head the Astana Expo 2017 initative, with 41-year-old Nazarbayev loyalist Bauyrzhan Baibek appointed as his replacement. According to Horizon contacts, Nazarbayev has long been wary of his nephew’s perceived incompetence and the multiple problems that have marred his tenure as mayor of the country’s largest city and industrial and cultural center since April 2008.

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