Kazakhstan to amend 23 articles of Constitution
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 1
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Kazakhstan will amend 23 articles of the country’s Constitution, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at meeting on the redistribution of powers between the president, government and parliament March 1, Kazakh media reported.
As much as 35 amendments will be made, the president said.
He noted that Kazakhstan will stick to Presidential republic, however, the amendments will make government system more flexible to meet the requirements of the time.
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.
On Jan. 25 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.
On March 1 Nazarbayev said that people supported the initiative on transfer of some presidential powers to the government and parliament. He noted that Kazakh citizens have proposed over 6,000 amendments to the constitution within nationwide discussions since late Jan., which are related to 63 articles of constitution.
Nazarbayev reminded that in line with Kazakh law, the constitution could be amended through referendum and by the parliament and the president makes the final decision.
“I have decided to make amendments through the parliament," the head of state said.
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