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Nazarbaev Orders Measures To Counter Extremism

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has ordered measures to counter extremism, including a public awareness campaign, his press service says.

Speaking at a session of Kazakhstan's Security Council on February 24, Nazarbaev said that "religious extremists and terrorist and economic risks persist amid global and regional processes."

"A public awareness campaign will be conducted to make our citizens immune to the ideology of extremism," the press service said, citing Nazarbaev.

He said that unsecified "legal and preventive measures being taken will help reduce the advocacy of radical ideas," the press service said, citing Nazarbaev.

Nazarbaev also ordered the government to pay more attention to settling disputes leading to social and labor conflicts.

Nazarbaev has been in power since 1989, and parliament last week approved a plan to hold an early presidential election this year.

Based on reporting by KazTAG, Kazinform and Interfax