Kazakhstan President Holds Early Elections in Europe

Kazakh President Announces Early Legislative Elections for March 19

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokáyev announced on Thursday (19.1.2023) that he has dissolved the seventh legislature of the Lower House of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan and will be holding early elections on March 19, 2023.

The announcement comes four months after Tokáyev’s re-election as head of Central Asia’s largest country in early presidential elections. The decision to dissolve the Local parliaments was taken to meet the constitutional reform of June 2022, which seeks to move beyond the three decades of government of Tokáyev’s predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbáyev.

In a message published on the website of the presidency, Tokáyev said that the early elections would “give new impetus to the modernization” started last year in the country.

Last year, the country experienced strong protests in January 2022 against the high cost of living. The demonstrations degraded into riots and the repression by the security forces left at least 238 dead. Tokáyev won the following snap presidential election in late November, in which he won more than 80% of the vote. The elections were, however, criticized for the lack of opposition from other candidates.

After his re-election, Tokáyev promised “a new era” in which “all the main institutions of power will be reformed” (Afp).

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