27 Oct 2017 15:25

Nazarbayev issues decree on switching to Latin script

ASTANA. Oct 27 (Interfax) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a decree on the Kazakh language's switch from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet, the Kazakh presidential press service said on Friday.

"[It is decided] to approve the proposed alphabet of the Kazakh language based on the Latin script," the decree said.

The document orders the government to set up a national commission for the transition of the Kazakh language's alphabet to the Latin script, ensure that it happens gradually by 2025, and take other measures to implement this decree, including organizational and legal ones.

The presidential administration has been put in charge of the implementation of the decree.

The decree entered into effect upon publication.

As reported, in April, Nazarbayev instructed the government to draw up a schedule for the transition. At that time, he said that with the transition to the Latin alphabet, the country would not abandon the Russian language or stop using Cyrillic.