COVID-19: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's immediate past president, tests positive

COVID-19: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's immediate past president, tests positive

- Immediate past head of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced being positive for the dreaded COVID-19 on Thursday, June 18

- Nazarbayev, who left the presidency last year and handed over to a hand-picked successor, will now work remotely

- The former president ruled for about 30 years and would be 80 years old by July 2020

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Just about a year after he left office as president of Kazakhstan, respected leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Nazarbaye ruled the country for nearly 30 years as its first-ever president.

The former president made the confirmation on his official website on Thursday, June 18.

COVID-19: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's immediate past president, tests positive
Nursultan Nazarbayev tests positive for COVID-19 a year after leaving office Credit: Al Jazeera
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"Unfortunately, the last test… for the coronavirus infection showed a positive result. There is no cause for concern,” the statement quoted by How Africa said.

Though he tested positive to the virus, the statement said that Nazarbayev will continue to work remotely.

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He handed over power to his hand-picked successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in 2019.

This strategy has afforded him the opportunity to retain a number of powerful positions in the 'authoritarian' Central Asian country.

These include the chairmanships of the national security council and the ruling party of the country.

Despite dropping the toga of the presidency, Nazarbayev has continued to maintain the title or honour as the 'Leader of the Nation' and this designation that provides him with unique policymaking privileges.

This development is coming moments after reported that the Honduran President Juan Orlando had been hospitalised after testing positive to coronavirus.

The report said he was currently being treated for pneumonia just as his wife, Garcia Carias, also tested positive for the deadly disease.

Unfortunately, two other people who work with the couple have also been infected, Vatican News reports.

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According to the media report, the president is getting medications through his veins as his condition gradually improves.

Meanwhile, also reported that the president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, recently died after suffering a heart attack, the government has disclosed.

The government in a statement on Tuesday, June 9, announced that President Nkurunziza died at Karusi hospital, Aljazeera reported.

The statement which was posted on twitter disclosed that the president was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, June 6, after feeling unwell but he suffered a heart attack on Monday, June 8, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

However, some reports hinted that Nkurunziza had COVID-19.

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