|National Democratic Party
Халықтық Демократиялық партиясы
|Founded||1 March 1999|
|Youth wing||Zhas Otan|
|Seats in Mazhilis|
Nur Otan (Kazakh: Нұр Отан, translating to "fatherland's ray of light") is the largest political party in Kazakhstan with over 762,000 members. Since 2007 it is headed by President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev Nazarbayev's predecessor in the party was Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov.
The party's predecessor, Otan was originally established on February 12, 1999 after the merger of several pro-presidential parties, including the People's Union of Kazakhstan Unity, the Liberal Movement of Kazakhstan, and the "For Kazakhstan - 2030" Movement. At the "uniting" congress the new party outlined a program largely supportive of the government of Nazarbayev.
After the merged party was formed, Nazarbayev remarked to his daughter "Tell your Asar members that... you are returning to your father." Under the new agreement Nazarbayeva will act as one of three deputies beneath her father. The other two deputies are currently Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov and Aleksandr Pavlov. Nazarbayeva said on 19 June 2006 that all pro-Presidential parties should combine to create a grouping "with which no other party will be able to compete in the next 50 years."
In December 2006 it was announced that the Civic Party and the Agrarian Party would follow in Asar's path and also merge with Otan to increase Otan's share of MP's from 46 to 57 seats out of 77. Nazarbayev said he expected other parties to merge with Otan. Nazarbayev said there should be fewer, stronger parties that "efficiently defend the interests of the population." At the subsequent party congress on 22 December 2006, delegates voted to rename the party Nur Otan.
See also 
- Del Sordi, Adele, Parties of power as authoritarian institutions: The cases of Russia and Kazakhstan, Spanish Political Science Association (AECPA), retrieved 22 January 2012
- Kazakhstan: Ruling Party Gets Even Bigger RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
- President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is the head of the Nur Otan party
- Information on Political Parties Participating on the Basis of Party Slates in Elections to Majilis of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Parties of Kazakh Leader, Daughter Merge Townhall
- Analysis: Kazakh premier takes over daughter's party Middle East Times
- "Pro-Nazarbaev Party Merges With President's Power Base"
- Regions Party to cooperate with ruling party in Kazakhstan, Kyiv Post (24 November 2011)
- Official Website (Kazakhstani, Russian)