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Kazakhstan drive to close book on Nazarbayev era gathers pace

President Tokayev sidelines predecessor but true reform remains elusive

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.

Tokayev is quickly consolidating his position at the expense of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the man who anointed him successor after ruling the country for 30 years. Until this month's turmoil, Nazarbayev had remained highly influential. But now the country is in the midst of a "de-Nazarbayevification" process -- stripping away that influence piece by piece.

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