Nursultan Ábishuly Nazarbayev (born 6 July 1940) is a Kazakh politician serving as President of Kazakhstan since the office was created on April 24, 1990. He was named First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR in 1989, and was elected as the nation's first president following its independence from the Soviet Union. He holds the title "Leader of the Nation". In April 2015, Nazarbayev was re-elected with almost 98% of the vote.
Nazarbayev has been accused of human rights abuses by several human rights organisations and, according to The Guardian, has suppressed dissent and presided over an authoritarian regime. No election held in Kazakhstan since independence has been judged to be free or fair by the West. In 2010, he announced reforms to encourage a multi-party system. In January 2017, President Nazarbayev proposed constitutional reforms that would delegate powers to the Parliament of Kazakhstan