The incumbent has promised change, but prospects for a more democratic system are not promising.
Analysts see this is as opportunity for the president to assert himself outside the shadow of the country’s first leader.
Candidate status has been granted, but implementing the required reforms could be tricky.
It will be near-impossible to fulfil EU-mandated obligations without a paradigm shift in how the ruling party views its role and place in the country’s history.
Citizens said yes to the proposed constitutional amendments, but few believe the state’s hold on power will ease.
The detention of key Putin associate may expedite a wider ban on blocs close to the Kremlin.
With the United National Movement at the helm, the region is now a test for local governance.
Since 1991, the ex-leader has become identified with the state itself, but his status is now crumbling.
Calls for reinstatement of “Astana” as ex-leader continues to be blamed for legacy of corruption and inequality.
Leadership promises economic reforms – but does not stint on criticism of elite.