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Kazakh President will face voters this autumn in snap election


In a speech to parliament, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym Jomart Tokayev emphasized his country’s rapid pace for change. He said to lawmakers that he expected to be in front of the voters in new elections two years sooner than anticipated. However, before they renew their mandates, President Obama will seek early re-election in the autumn, writes Nick Powell, Political Editor.

As Kassym Jomart Tokayev continues to push forward his reform agenda, Kazakhstan is starting to get used Kassym Jomart Tokayev’s unexpected speeches. Surprise package: His constitutional reforms that will transfer some power to the Kazakh parliament and make it easier to form political parties, participate in lawful demonstrations, and more. The changes were quickly endorsed by a snap referendum.

The Kazakhs are now informed that they will be voting again this year and next. President Tokayev was on track to serve two five-year terms and then be re-elected in 2024. He has now announced that he will be facing the voters in the autumn to seek the single seven-year term allowed by the new constitution.

Other politicians will also need to present their plans for the formation of these new political parties and organize support demonstrations. Instead, the next year will see local and parliamentary elections. The President told them that they can expect “completely different standards for a political structure with fair and open rules of play”.

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These developments are part a remarkable response to the violent, and ultimately fatal protests that began at the beginning of the year. They were demonstrations against rising fuel prices. Instead of repression Kazakhstan was promised a rapid programme of political liberalisation. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also promised a one-off amnesty to those convicted of crimes related the riots.

He said, “Both the participants in the protests as well as members of law enforcement agencies were our citizens.” “Some people who have broken the law have admitted their guilt. It’s better to forgive them than not. The President stated that amnesty would not be granted to “masterminds” of unrest or to people accused of terror, extremism, and torture.

In his speech, he also promised to take further steps to guarantee the rule of law, independence and integrity of the judiciary as well as economic reforms and investments in education and health. MEPs representing the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights went to Kazakhstan last month and stressed the importance for pursuing political reforms and achieving tangible democratic results.


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They emphasized Kazakhstan’s role in Central Asia as a stable and reliable partner for the EU. Kazakhstan borders Russia and China. It is energy-rich and a vital transit route between Asia, Europe and Asia. As he did in his response to Tragic January, President Tokayev stated that Kazakhstan should make the most of the current geopolitical environment.

“The creation and maintenance of Fair Kazakhstan is only the beginning. He concluded that this course will not be halted, regardless of external and internal circumstances.

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