Time for Constitutional reform in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan to put constitution reforms up for nationwide discussion in a shift toward a “more liberal” political system
Time for Constitutional reform in Kazakhstan
26 January 10:54 2017 Print This Article

Nationwide discussions on proposed constitutional reforms to be held in Kazakhstan from Jan. 26 to Feb. 26. A corresponding decree signed by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was published in official media on Thursday, presidential press-service said.

The amendments basically proposes to transfer some of the prsidetns’ powers to the parliament and the government.

Addressing the nation on Jan. 25, Nursultan Nazarbayev said there were 40 functions under question. He also stressed that the reforms would create stability in the country’s political system for many years to come and an efficient mechanism to respond to the modern challenges.

“The reform is our response to the question on what direction will Kazakhstan go. The answer is clear and consistent: to democratic developments,” Mr Nazarbayev said addressing the nation on Jan. 25.

Back in Dec. 2016, at a ceremonial meeting on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence, Nazarbayev stated the need for redistribution of powers between the president, government and parliament. However, he highlighted that Kazakhstan would keep the presidential form of government.

For this purpose, in Jan. 2016, a special working group was created to develop proposals on the matter.

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