Kazakh President proposes national emblem change over Soviet elements

Kasym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to change the state coat of arms of Kazakhstan at the third meeting of the National Kurultay in the city of Atyrau
Kasym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to change the state coat of arms of Kazakhstan at the third meeting of the National Kurultay in the city of Atyrau

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has suggested altering the state emblem due to its "signs of the Soviet era," the Telegram channel Aqorda said on March 15.

"I find it prudent to heed the valid arguments of professionals and concerned citizens, including the youth, who find Kazakhstan's emblem overly intricate and difficult to perceive,” said Tokayev at the third session of the National Kurultai in the city of Atyrau.

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“It displays eclecticism and signs of the Soviet era. If there is widespread consensus, it would be possible to establish a specialized commission to thoroughly assess all factors, engage in public discourse, and then launch an open competition for the most fitting design of Kazakhstan's new State emblem."

Discussions about changing the Kazakh state emblem date back to the presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Radio Azattyk reported on March 15.

The proposal to inscribe the name of the country in the Latin script on the emblem was tabled in Astana in June 2018. This change was implemented in September of the same year.

During his visit to Kazakhstan in November 2023, French President Emmanuel Macron thanked Tokayev for refusing to side with Moscow in the Russian war against Ukraine.

Kazakhstan refused to recognize Russia's annexation of Ukrainian territories and has pledged to adhere to Western sanctions against Moscow, considering both Russia and Western countries as its strategic partners.

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