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Kazakhstan officially abandoned the Cyrillic alphabet

Казахстан официально отказался от кириллицыThe President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed the decree about the translation of the alphabet of the Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet.

The country will abandon the Cyrillic alphabet by 2025. The text of the decree published on the official website of the President.

“To ensure the translation of the alphabet of the Kazakh language from Cyrillic to Latin script, I DECREE: 1. Approve the alphabet of the Kazakh language based on the Latin alphabet. 2. The government of the Republic of Kazakhstan: to establish a National Commission for the translation of the alphabet of the Kazakh language on Latin graphics; to ensure a gradual transfer of the alphabet of the Kazakh language to Latin script by 2025,” – said in the decree.

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New version of alphabet consists of 32 letters. Some specific sounds of the Kazakh language reflected letters with an apostrophe. For example, the letter “W” replace s’. In the alphabet that is used now, 42 letters.

The transition to a new form of writing will take place gradually. But the first textbooks in the Latin alphabet will release next year.

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About the necessity of creating a new standard of the Kazakh alphabet Nazarbayev said in April. According to the President, this is due to “political reasons”.

The Latin alphabet is already used in Kazakhstan from 1929 to 1940. Until 1929 in the country used Arabic graphics.

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