The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped down from the position last year after nearly three decades in power, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
A declaration on his official website made the announcement on Thursday.
“Currently, the First President of Kazakhstan is in self-isolation. Unfortunately, the last test… for the coronavirus infection confirmed a effective(Positive) result. There is not any cause for concern,” the statement stated.
The statement stated that Nazarbayev is “continuing to work remotely.”
Nazarbayev, who turns 80 next month, served as Kazakhstan’s president for close to a few many years earlier handing the reins over to hand-picked successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev closing 12 months.
He retains a number of powerful positions within the authoritarian Central Asian country which include the chairmanships of the national security council and the ruling party.
He is also constitutionally honoured as the “Leader of the Nation” — a designation that provides him with specific policymaking privileges.