Almazbek Atambayev says he will seek to rein in Sooranbai Jeenbekov, the successor critics wrongly thought would turn out to be no more than a stooge.
The Turkish currency crisis is not expected to cause contagion in other emerging markets but it has hurt the currencies of its regional neighbours where it plays a more important role via trade, banking and investment links.
Observers see move as another development in President Jeenbekov’s struggle to purge the influence of his predecessor Atambayev.
Astana has $13bn of deals to celebrate but summit again showed Russia and China’s struggle for influence in the ‘Stans’ is far from settled.
New data shows soaring numbers of adults with a bank account in several Eurasian nations but the percentage of the population with an account in the wider region varied hugely from 98% in Estonia and Slovenia to just 29% in Azerbaijan.