World Mar 19

Kazakhstan's President and presidential candidate Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a 2015 election campaign rally at a stadium in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
Kazakhstan’s president steps down after 30 years

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after three decades in power, raising uncertainty over the country's future course.