Interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed changing the name of the Central Asian nation’s capital from Astana to Nursultan.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in, following the shock resignation of the country’s long-time ruler and in his first official act renamed the capital after his predecessor. The parliament approved the change within hours. The Senate also appointed Mr. Nazarbayev’s eldest daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva as Speaker, setting her up as a potential contender to succeed her father. Mr. Tokayev told lawmakers that Mr. Nazarbayev had ‘shown wisdom’ by deciding to step down, a rare move in ex-Soviet Central Asia where other leaders have stayed in power until death.