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The resignation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, left, in March made way for Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to take the reins of government. (Nikkei montage/Source images by Reuters and Getty Images)
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Kazakh strongman leaves unfinished business in rush to secure legacy

Chinese projects take back seat as Nazarbayev's successor seeks stability

WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer, and NAUBET BISENOV, Contributing writer | Mongolia, Central Asia, Afghanistan

NUR-SULTAN/ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Rows of bare concrete pillars stretch for kilometers along the main road of the Kazakh capital. The columns are meant to support a commuter rail line, designed to modernize the city's public transportation and ease chronic congestion. But on a recent weekday, there were no signs of workers or equipment.

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