Majilis may dissolve itself shortly – presidential advisor

November 9. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

Majilis may dissolve itself shortly - presidential advisorThe advisor to the President of Kazakhstan on political issues Ermukhamet Ertysbayev believes the next election to the Majilis (lower chamber of parliament of Kazakhstan) may be held early – in January 2012.

“Basically, there is nothing to comment on. Let us assume the next election will take place this January. There will be nothing sensational about that. On the opposite, it is expected. Even if the election is held on schedule – in August 2012 – everyone understands that the dominance of the Nur Otan party will be unshaken,” Ertysbayev told Interfax-Kazakhstan.

According to the presidential advisor, the dissolution of the fourth Majilis should be intiated by the chamber itself.

“I do not think the initiative should come from Nur Otan. In this case the ruling party will clearly demonstrate its dominance over the top legislative body of the country. It would be a big political mistake,” Ertysbayev said.

According to him, the biggest intrigue of the forthcoming election will be the “per cent ratio of seats won by each party”.

Meanwhile, a source close to the leadership of Nur Otan also told Interfax-Kazakhstan that the Majilis might be held in January 2012.

“The Majilis members will propose that the president dissolve their chamber in the middle of November. Under the law an early election must be held within two months after the parliament is dissolved. Thus, the next election will be held somewhere in the middle of January,” the source said.

According to another source, the initiative of the Majilis members on self-dissolution may be considered at an extraordinary convention of the Nur Otan party, which will likely be held on November 15.

Under the law of Kazakhstan the president has the right to dissolve the Majilis after consultations with the speakers of both chambers of the parliament and the prime minister.

In this case the next election should be held within two months from such dissolution.

The parliament is the top legislative body of Kazakhstan. It consists of two permanent chambers: the Senate and the Majilis.

The Senate has 47 members, 32 of whom are elected by electoral colleges from each of the 16 regions of Kazakhstan, while 15 are appointed by the president

The Majilis has 107 seats, 98 of which are currently held by members of the Nur Otan party that won the election on August 18, 2007. The 9 other seats are occupied by representatives of the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan.

The powers of the current Majilis run out in 2012.