Kazakh opposition seeks to unite
Anatoliy Vayskopf, Deutsche Welle
The participants of democratic opposition's Almaty forum failed to negotiate the form of union. Newly-established coordination commission will seek compromise.
Kazakhstan's four top opposition parties held the next forum of the democratic opposition in Almaty on April 11. Representatives of Social Democrats, Communist, Azat Party and unregistered Alga political union say it is high time to create a real force capable of competing with ruling Nur-Otan party which holds all seats in the parliament.
A need to establish a unified structure
Opposition representatives admit that if elections take place any time soon, they have no chances to win. The reason is not that Astana, as in the previous elections, actively uses administrative resources. Leader of more radical Azat party Bulat Abilov admitted that population trusts Kazakh opposition parties no more.
The opposition must moderate its ambitions, must take a joint action and establish a unified organization.
Unified Social Democratic Party chairman Zharmakhan Tuakbay is of the same opinion. He said each opposition party has worked out its own program against crisis and on country's development. They share many common assessments and approaches. Tuakbay proposed to launch general commission which can note most common points in these programs and to find a unified position for opposition parties on principal issues regarding Kazakhstan's political and social system.
Coordination commission seeks compromise
On one hand a word is important and adopting decision is important on the other. Though representatives of all four opposition parties backed launching a unified political organization, it turned out while adopting a final resolution that each party has its own views about the forum. Azat and Social Democratic Party say a unified party with a respective registration with Justice Ministry must be established.
Some communists and unregistered, but well-structured Alga party says coalition of opposition parties which will get authorities to allow party bloc to take part in parliamentary elections must be launched.
The forum participants failed to negotiate. Now a special commission will seek compromise. The commission will report on its activities in two months.
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