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Astana, Kazakhstan • 15 March, 2024 | 17:36

President Proposes Changing National Emblem of Kazakhstan

The current national emblem was adopted in 1992 and features elements of both Soviet and independent Kazakhstan

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On March 15, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev suggested launching an open competition for a new design of the national emblem, QazMonitor reports citing Akorda.

What happened: During the 3rd Meeting of the National Kurultay in Atyrau, the President discussed nationwide ideological and cultural guidelines. Among the topics of national solidarity, he highlighted the need to address the iconography behind Kazakh cities and regions' state symbols. According to him, these symbols should not only reflect regional-specific features but also incorporate key elements of the country's overall image.

  • Tokayev emphasized that the current sky blue and gold flag, as well as the national anthem, reflect the uniqueness of the country.

  • The national emblem, the President added, has a cluttered design indicative of the Soviet era.

In case of universal agreement, it would be appropriate to form a special commission to thoroughly consider all aspects and engage in public discussions. Following this, we could announce an open competition to find the best sketch for the new national emblem of Kazakhstan.

said Tokayev.

About the national emblem: Designed by Zhandarbek Malibekov and Shot-Aman Ualikhan, the current emblem was adopted on June 4, 1992. It features elements introduced in post-Soviet Kazakhstan, namely two tulpar (mythological winged horses), and a shanyrak (a top of the yurt). The design also retains some components from the Soviet era, particularly the rising sun rays and a star.

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