The President of Kazakhstan approved the new Kazakh alphabet based on the Latin alphabet
ALMA-ATA. 20 Feb — RIA Novosti. The President of Kazakhstan signed a decree approving a new version of the alphabet of the Kazakh language based on the Latin alphabet, according to the press service of the head of state.
In October 2017 Nazarbayev signed the decree on the gradual translation of the alphabet of the Kazakh language to Latin script by 2025. At the same time was adopted the alphabet of the Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet of 32 letters. But it was widely used apostrophes, which, according to many experts and ordinary citizens, impede the reading and writing.
Approved by the President of the new alphabet also contains 32 letters, it reduced the number of apostrophes and introduced digraphs (sh, ch).
Until 1920-ies of the Kazakh language used the Arabic script, which was replaced by an alphabet based on the Latin alphabet. It lasted until 1940, when it was adopted by the Kazakh Cyrillic alphabet. Currently the Kazakh alphabet based on Cyrillic alphabet consists of 42 letters.
Nazarbayev has previously stressed that the transition of Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet “in no case does not affect the rights Russian-speaking, Russian language and other languages”.