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Kazakh President Rejects 'People's Hero' Award

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev does not want to accept award, but does not object to holiday.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said he would refuse to accept the "People's Hero" award but said he had no objection to December 1 being marked as the "Day of the First President of Kazakhstan."

At the end of November, Kazakhstan's government approved a proposal to present Nazarbaev with the award when Kazakhstan marks 20 years of independence on December 16.

Speaking to reporters, Nazarbaev said he would not sign the bill on that.

Asked about making December 1 first president's day, Nazarbaev, who is Kazakhstan's first president, said he was not against the idea.

Nazarbaev made the remarks on a visit to the new teleradio complex in the capital Astana.

compiled from agency reports