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Nazarbayev’s Reported Hospitalization Raises Succession Question

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s reported hospitalization in Germany is stoking concern about a succession in central Asia’s biggest energy producer, which he has ruled since 1989.

Nazarbayev, 71, had prostate surgery at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, Bild newspaper reported today, without saying where it got the information. A Nazarbayev spokeswoman declined to comment on the president’s health yesterday, saying only that he was on vacation. Calls to the president’s press service weren’t answered today.