The first day of winter in 2012 was for the people of Kazakhstan another festive and holiday. From this year December 1 in the Republic Day is celebrated the first president of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
December 10 in 2011 at the plenary session of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan adopted a law "On amendments to the Law of RK" On Holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan. " Day of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan established to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of the first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the Republic.
Historical background and basis for selecting the date of the holiday was the event held December 1, 1991 — as a result of the first popular election of President Nursultan Nazarbayev was re-elected president of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. He was the only candidate and won with 98.7% of votes at 88.2% of voters.
A first step was the signing of the first president of the law to change the name of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan December 10, 1991. And after six days — December 16 1991 — The Supreme Soviet declared state independence in Kazakhstan, which meant that the proclamation of the sovereign state of Kazakhstan.
The first days of December 1991 were a turning point for Kazakhstan and indeed fatal, to determine the path of the independent Republic. Currently, Kazakhstan is recognized internationally as a modern democratic state. Much of the credit belongs to the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who heads the Republic since the establishment of the post 24 April in 1990.