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Nazarbayev’s candidacy proposed for early presidential election in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Materials 11 March 2015 09:52 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 11

By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

Academician Kenzhegali Sagadiyev proposed to nominate current Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev's candidacy for early presidential election in Kazakhstan, Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reported on March 11.

"We have to nominate Nursultan Nazarbayev on behalf of the party and obtain his consent. Nazarbayev is the only worthy candidate, and I propose to nominate him," Sagadiyev said, speaking at the meeting of the Nur Otan party.

He noted that in all regions of the country, all the political circles, among the intellectuals, and the entire population there is an idea that Nursultan Nazarbayev is a worthy candidate for the presidency in Kazakhstan.

The early presidential election was proposed by the Council of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan. Major political parties, including the ruling party Nur Otan, the Democratic Party of Kazakhstan Ak Zhol and Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan supported the initiative.

Both houses of the national parliament - Senate and Majilis - requested President Nursultan Nazarbayev to call an early presidential election. The country's Constitutional Council has not found legislative restrictions for setting the date of an early election by the president.

The early presidential election in Kazakhstan was scheduled for April 26.

A total number of 14 candidates nominated themselves for the participation in the election so far. President Nazarbayev has not proposed his candidacy for the election yet.

Kazakh president is elected by the citizens of age of the republic on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot for a term of five years, according to the Constitution of Kazakhstan.

The candidate must be a Kazakh citizen by birth not younger than 40 years old, fluent in the state language and who has lived in Kazakhstan for the recent 15 years may be elected president of Kazakhstan.

Edited by S.I.

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