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Kazakh Senate adopts bill abolishing First President's Day as state holiday

ASTANA. Sept 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Kazakh Senate adopted the bill "On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Actions of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Field of Cinematography, Culture and Holidays" at a plenary meeting on Thursday, an Interfax correspondent said in a report.

The document has been submitted to the president for his signature.

The bill abolishes the First President’s Day as a state holiday and declares it as a "socially significant" date, same as the Day of National Symbols, the Day of Gratitude and others.

The bill includes proposals that the Republic Day be observed as a national holiday on October 25 and the Independence Day be established as a state holiday on December 16.

The First President’s Day has been observed in Kazakhstan on December 1 since 2012. The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was in office from 1991 until his resignation on March 20, 2019.

Kazakhstan observed Republic Day on October 25 until 2009 when it was abolished.

Currently, Kazakhstan’s Independence Day, which is observed on December 16-17, is a national holiday.