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Kazakhstan drive to close book on Nazarbayev era gathers pace

President Tokayev sidelines predecessor but true reform remains elusive

A damaged portrait of former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev is seen at the city hall in Almaty on Jan. 10, after the country's largest city was rocked by protests.   © AP

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Two weeks after deadly unrest rocked Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city and commercial hub, an uneasy calm has returned while a strengthened President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev dismantles the regime of his predecessor.

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