Kazakhstan Changing Alphabet to Latin Alphabet
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev gave the order of transition from Cyrillic alphabet to Latin alphabet. From 2018 onwards, with the amendment aimed to publish textbooks in Latin alphabet. Nazarbayev predicts that until 2025, all books, periodicals and official documents will be published in the Latin alphabet.
Nazarbayev instructed the government of Kazakhstan to prepare the transition chart of the Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin alphabet by the end of 2017, and published on the official website of Kazakhstan Presidential Office with the title "Orientation: a spiritual revival of the future".
Nazarbayev's article states that this transition is connected to "political reasons" and gives historical information about the use of different alphabets in contemporary Kazakhstan.
Stating that the Arabic alphabet was used in the country from the 10th century to the 20th century. Nazarbayev points out that in 1929 was decided to switch to the Latin alphabet and that the Cyrillic alphabet was accepted in 1940.
Nazarbayev also said that after negotiations with scientists and community representatives, a single standard will be prepared for the new Kazakh alphabet based on the Latin alphabet, and publish a book in the Latin alphabet for the secondary school and prepare specialists for the new alphabet.
Cyrillic and Latin alphabets can be used in the transitional period according to the plan.
In Kazakhstan, where around 18 million people are living, Kazakh (Kazakh) and Russian are spoken as the official language.