Qassym-Shomart Toqayev

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Qassym-Shomart Toqayev (2020)

Qassym-lap Mart Kemeluly Toqajew ( Kazakh Қасым-Жомарт Кемелұлы Тоқаев , Russian Касым-Жомарт Кемелевич Токаев Kassym-lap Mart Kemelewitsch Tokayev ; * 17th May 1953 in Alma-Ata , Kazakh SSR , Soviet Union ) is a Kazakh politician of the party Nur Otan and diplomat and since March 20, 2019 President of Kazakhstan . Toqayev was previously Director General of the Geneva Office of the United Nations and from 1999 to 2002 Prime Minister of Kazakhstan as well as Foreign Minister and President of the Kazakh Senate .


Qassym-Shomart Toqayev was born into the family of Kemel Toqayev (1923–1986), a well-known Kazakh writer, and Turar Schabarbaewa (1931–2000), a lecturer at the Alma-Ata University of Education.

Toqayev studied at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 1970 , where he graduated in 1975. In 1983 he completed courses at the Beijing Language Institute . In 1992 he received another degree from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Toqayev earned his degree in history as a candidate in 1998 and a doctorate in political science in 2001.

After completing his studies at the Moscow Institute of International Relations, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union . He was first sent to the Soviet embassy in Singapore , where he worked as an assistant. In 1979 he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held various positions. From 1985 to 1991 Toqayev was second and then first secretary of the Soviet embassy in the People's Republic of China .

After Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 , he became the country's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in December that year. In October 1994 he replaced Qanat Saudabaev as Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, and from March 1999 he also held the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. After Nurlan Balghymbayev resigned as prime minister on October 1, 1999, Toqayev initially acted as his deputy, before officially assuming the office of prime minister on October 12. After about two years in this office, he resigned on January 28, 2002 and was then again Kazakh Foreign Minister. Between January 2002 and June 2003 he also held the office of State Secretary of the country. After his second term as Foreign Minister, he was Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan from January 2007 to April 2011 .

On March 12, 2011, Qassym-Shomart Toqayev was appointed Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva by Ban Ki-moon , the Secretary-General of the United Nations . Through this office he was automatically Secretary General of the UN Conference on Disarmament .

Toqayev was elected President of the Kazakh Senate on October 16, 2013. On March 20, 2019, he succeeded Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had resigned the day before, as incumbent president. A short time later, Toqayev announced an early presidential election in which he ran as a candidate for the Nur Otan party . He was elected president with more than 70 percent of the vote.

At Toqayev's suggestion, the Kazakh parliament ( Maschilis ) renamed Astana , the capital of Kazakhstan, to Nur-Sultan in recognition of Nazarbayev's lifetime achievement a few days after his abdication.


Qassym-Shomart Toqayev was married and has one son (* 1984).

Web links

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Individual evidence

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