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Kazakh President Says Economy Comes First

President Nazarbaev (file photo) 11 October 2005 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev today said that economic development is his government's top priority.

Speaking in the Kazakh capital, Astana, Nazarbaev said economy comes first in Kazakhstan, then politics. He said his government will continue to push for the liberalization of Kazakh society through economic development.

He said an economic environment meeting developed market standards and a favorable investment climate have been established in Kazakhstan.

About politics, Nazarbaev said his government is implementing reforms aimed at democratization.

Washington has urged Nazarbaev to follow up economic achievements with democratic reforms.

Remarking on state security, Nazarbaev said that state authorities have created all the necessary conditions for ensuring stability in the country.


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