June 18, 2020 / 7:12 AM / 18 days ago

Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev contracts COVID-19

Former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev attends a swearing-in ceremony before Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is sworn in as Kazakh acting president during a joint session of the houses of parliament in Astana, Kazakhstan March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/File Photo

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan’s influential former president Nursultan Nazarbayev has self-isolated after testing positive for COVID-19, his spokesman Aidos Ukibay wrote on Twitter.

“There is no reason for concern,” Ukibay wrote, referring to the health of 79-year-old Nazarbayev, who retains sweeping powers as Yelbasy, or national leader, and chair of the oil-rich nation’s security council.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Catherine Evans

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