Monument to Kazakh President unveiled in Almaty

November 11. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Almaty

Monument to Kazakh President unveiled in AlmatyOn Friday in the Park of the First President of Kazakhstan the monument to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was opened to the general public.

“Erecting the monument is aimed at further consolidation of the Kazakh nation based on the president’s policy, strengthening of sovereignty and fortifying stability and ethnic accord. It is a symbol of Kazakhstan’s historical past, dynamic present and bright future, “said Akim (city mayor) of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yesimov at the ceremony.

The bronze statue of the president is towering on the background of the marble and granite stretched wings, each of them having the landmarks of Astana and Almaty carved on the face side. The cities on golden eagle wings represent two pillars of the independent Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev’s monuments have been opened in Astana and Turkey and another one may be installed in Moldova.

Meanwhile, president previously cut short multiple initiatives to erect monument in his honor.

A few yeas ago, Nazarbayev told reporters at a briefing that when he was asked why he had no monument yet, when he achieved so much, he quoted a Rome emperor, who contributed a lot to the unity of the Roman Empire in the 1st B.C. “I don’t want people to ask whose monument it is? Let them better ask why he doesn’t have one?”

The local Shymkent NGO group that first came up with a proposal to pay tribute to the President by unveiling his statue in Shymkent in 2009 was refused the request.