Kazakhstan leader seeks snap presidential vote with 7-year term

by | Sep 1, 2022 | World

The president proposes an early presidential election this autumn as well as a snap parliamentary vote in early next year.Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has proposed a snap presidential election this autumn and to reduce the presidency to one seven-year term from the current two five-year terms.
In an address to the parliament on Thursday, Tokayev said he will seek a second term and also suggested holding snap parliamentary elections in the first half of 2023.
“I propose that we hold early presidential elections in the autumn of 2022,” Tokayev said, saying measures were needed to “strengthen our statehood” and “maintain the momentum of reforms” after the Central Asian country underwent a political crisis in January that left 225 people dead.
“A new trust mandate of the people is needed for the successful implementation of fundamental and comprehensive reforms on the way to creating a fair Kazakhstan,” Tokayev said.
A presidential vote is due in Kazakhstan in 2024 and parliamentary elections in 2025.
Tokayev said he would move the parliamentary vote forward after the successful referendum on constitutional changes in June which decentralise decision-making and strip former President Nursultan Nazarbayev of his “national leader” status.
Now, due to the changes, the country has set “completely new standards for a political system with fair and open rules of the game”, according to Tokayev.
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The term of the presidency would be limited to one term of seven years, he said, from the current two five-year terms.
January’s unrest roiled energy-rich Kazakhstan, one of the most stable of the Cent …

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