Kazakh Ruler’s Post-Oil Overhaul Falters as Succession Looms

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  • Nazarbayev faces opposition to land sales, threat of extremism
  • Uncertainty over 76-year-old’s heir also jeopardizes reforms

As Kazakhstan’s leader celebrated his 76th birthday this week, the social bargain that’s underpinned his more than quarter-century in charge is crumbling.

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