Kazakhstan’s president is Nursultan Nazarbayev. He came to leadership in 1989 as first secretary of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union, and was popularly elected in 1991 as president of an independent Kazakhstan. He was reelected in April of 2015 to a five-year term.
Kazakhstan inherited more than 400 nuclear warheads after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In August 1991, President Nazarbayev signed a historic decree to close the Semipalatinsk test site and disarm more than 1,400 nuclear warheads and secure loose nuclear materials.
Under his leadership as Kazakhstan’s President, the nation has proved to the world that a country can achieve economic prosperity and national security without nuclear weapons, rather than with nuclear weapons.
President Nazarbayev is popularity among Kazakh citizens as under his leadership, Kazakhstan has shown steady economic growth, GDP, GNI and per capita income. In response to the global economic crisis, President Nazarbayev launched the Nurly Zhol, new economic policy.
Nurly Zhol targets seven major areas of infrastructure development, such as energy, housing, industrial infrastructure, transportation and logistics, small and medium enterprises, public utilities and social infrastructure.
President Nazarbayev was born on July 6, 1940 in the village of Chemolgan, Kaskelen District, Almaty region. In 1967, he graduated from the Highest Technical Educational Institution at the Karaganada Metallurgic Works.