Kazakhstan to discuss constitution amendments until March
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Nationwide discussions of possible amendments and additions to the Constitution will be held in Kazakhstan Jan. 26- Feb. 26, the presidential press-service said.
A corresponding decree signed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev was published in official media on Jan. 26.
The amendments envisage transfer of some powers from president to the parliament and the government.
Nazarbayev stated the need for redistribution of powers between the president, government and parliament in December 2016 at a ceremonial meeting on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. The president noted however that Kazakhstan “was, is and will be a state with a presidential form of government.”
A working group was created in January to develop proposals on the matter.
On Jan. 25 Nursultan Nazarbayev in a special address to people said that about 40 functions could be transferred from president to parliament and government. The president stressed that the reforms will create stability in the country’s political system for many years to come and an efficient mechanism to respond to modern challenges.
“The program of reforms is our response to the question: in what direction will Kazakhstan go? The answer is clear and consistent – to democratic development,” he said.
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