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Kazakh President Gives Annual Address

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev
President Nursultan Nazarbaev has instructed Kazakhstan's government to develop a new strategy against corruption.

In his annual address to a joint session of parliament on January 27, Nazarbaev said the new measures should include a declaration of the income and expenses of public servants.

Nazarbaev said he has also ordered steps to prepare Kazakhstan for the impact of the global economic crisis, including action to provide jobs for 1.5 million people by 2020.

The president's speech came after a year that saw the most deadly violence in Kazakhstan's 20-year history as an independent country -- including the deaths of at least 17 people in clashes between striking oil workers and security forces in and near the western city of Zhanaozen in December and several Islamic militant attacks in which more than 20 militants and security personnel were killed.

compiled from agency reports

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