This week December 1 Kazakhstan is celebrating the Day of the First President.
"Day of the First President of Kazakhstan is a day of unity, harmony and historic choice", said the official representative of the service of central communications Altai Abibullayev, speaking at a briefing in Astana. According to him, this day will be full of important events around the country.
National holidays, according to the Kazakh law, are days off, which are moved to the next business day, if fall on weekends. Therefore, Monday, the 2nd of December is a day off.
The holiday was proposed by a group of senators, who suggested that December 1, the day of election of the first president of Kazakhstan, should be made a national holiday.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, who turned 73 in July 2013, was first elected president of Kazakhstan, at that moment the Kazakh Social Soviet Republic which was part of the USSR, 20 year ago on April 24, 1990.
Since then Nursultan Nazarbayev has been elected president of the independent Kazakhstan a few times through direct elections - in 1991, 1999, 2005. In 1995 his term as president of Kazakhstan was extended by the national referendum. Nazarbayev collected 95.55% of votes during snap presidential elections in April 2011.
In 2007 the parliament amended the law to allow Nursultan Nazarbayev to run for president an unlimited number of times.