Kazakhstan mulls transfer of some presidential powers to parliament
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in a meeting of the working group on redistribution of powers, the presidential press service said in a message Jan. 24.
The working group on redistribution of powers was created a couple of weeks ago to work out proposals on transfer of some powers from the president to the Government and Parliament.
During the meeting, Nazarbayev noted that defense capabilities, external policy, public administration, protection of the Constitution, and ensuring the effective work between branches of Government will remain under the president’s competence.
Meanwhile, the president’s powers in program approvals, appointments to the Government, and creation of new governing bodies could be transferred to the Government and the Parliament.
The head of the working group Adilbek Dzhaksybekov informed the president that the working group has already prepared three groups of proposals on the redistribution of powers.
The proposals of the first group are related to the powers in social and economic spheres and do not require changes to the Constitution. The second group of proposals envisages further improvement of the judicial and law enforcement systems and does not require amendment to the Constitution as well. The third group includes about 40 proposals to amend the Constitution, which envisage the expansion of the Parliament’s powers.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed to the need for redistribution of powers between the president, Government and Parliament during a ceremonial meeting in honor of the 25th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan in December 2016.
He did not rule out the possibility of amending the country’s Constitution.