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11 February 2011
Today President Nursultan Nazarbayev Visits Central Election Committee and Passes the Kazakh Language Test Compulsory for All Candidates for the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The head of state has fulfilled all parts of the examination. Following the examination a special linguistics committee made up a decision that Nursultan Nazarbayev has successfully passed the Kazakh language test.

“Nowadays the overwhelming majority of adults are fluent in the state language. And this is a great achievement of independence. I set a task to make sure that by 2017 the number of people in Kazakhstan who have mastered the state language reaches at least 80 percent. And by 2020 – no less than 95 percent. We will also develop Russian and languages of other ethnic groups in Kazakhstan. The policy of three languages will be continued to pursue. I believe that by 2020 a share of our population speaking English should be no less than 20 percent. Our youth should adopt this principle,” the President highlighted.

The President emphasized that Kazakhstan has become a well-known nation all over the world for its political stability, dynamic economic development and growth in welfare of the people.

“There more than 140 ethnic groups live in our country. Therefore, I am strongly confident that trust and friendship between all ethnic groups will be strengthened also in the process of studying Kazakh and languages of other ethnic groups in Kazakhstan,” the President stressed at a press briefing.

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