After his re-election as president and a few tweaks to the constitution and the system of power, Tokaev insists less and less on democratic reforms in the country, urging a focus on the economy. Going so far as to deny the existence of political prisoners despite the closed-door trials of personalities accused of 'extremism'.
An article by the 'Foundation for Science and Politics' in Germany identifies Astana as a major frontier country in today's world. It highlights its ambition for its own 'strategic autonomy' in the delicate game of geopolitical balances. Favoured also by the new space opened up for its economy by the sanctions against Russia.
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Olžas Bektenov, 43 years old and close to President Tokaev, has been appointed to take the place of the recently disolved government. Astana aims for 'renewal', drawing a line under period that began woth 'bloody January' of 2022 that had led to the appointment of Alikhan Smailov as premier. The unknown of the delicate relations with Moscow and Beijing.
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Brussels has promised the Central Asian partners to mobilise substantial resources for state and private investments of up to EUR 10 billion by 2027. The largest part will go towards the creation of the Transcaspian multimodal corridor, which will be the main alternative to the northern route through Russia and Belarus. Moscow's reactions.