Kazakh president admits he had no plan to hold early election
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 6
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev did not plan to hold early presidential election in the country, he said during a traditional meeting with famous Kazakh women on the eve of International Women's Day, TASS Russian news agency reported March 6.
"The election campaign has started now," the president said, noting that he has received many letters of support. "The idea of holding early election was largely supported by women."
"Frankly speaking, my personal plans were quite different," said Nazarbayev. "I have been the leader of Kazakhstan for many years, I stand at the origins of independence. Maybe it's time to change the decoration, as they say in the theater. I think so."
At the same time, there is "a general desire, aspiration of the people" to continue proclaimed initiatives now in the country, he said.
Nine candidates filed the application for official registration. A member of the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan Turgun Syzdykov nominated by the Extraordinary Congress of the political movement is among them, according to the Central Election Commission. The rest are self-nominated and are not widely known, the observers said. Nazarbayev has promised to announce his decision to participate in the election campaign later.
A decree on holding early presidential election on April 26, 2015 was signed February 25 by the president.
Translated by EA
Edited by CN