Majilis members ask President to disband their chamber

November 10. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

Majilis members ask President to disband their chamberThe members of the Majilis (lower chamber of parliament) of Kazakhstan have requested the country’s President to dissolve their chamber.

“We address the President of Kazakhstan with the request to dissolve the Majilis and Maslikhates (local parliaments – IF-K),” Majilis deputy Nurtai Sabilyanov said at a Thursday press conference in Astana voicing the request on behalf of his colleagues.

“Another wave of the global economic crisis is expected next year. Its scale is unpredictable. Therefore it is important to complete the election cycle early to let the government and the parliament concentrate on anti-crisis measures,” he said.

Sabilyanov reminded that the powers of the Majilis and Maslikhates deputies would run out next year.

“It is expedient to hold both elections simultaneously,” he said.

“I am confident that our decision will be supported by our voters and the whole international community as we are governed by the best interests of the people and the state,” Sabilyanov said.

According to him, the address asking the president to dissolve the Majilis has been signed by 53 deputies.

Sabilyanov called on the rest of his colleagues to support the address.

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.

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Nur Otan and Ak Zhol will share the parliament seats, president’s advisor

November 10. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Almaty

Advisor to the President for Political Affairs Yermukhamet Yertysbayev believes that Nur Otan ruling party and Ak Zhol stand the highest chances to win parliament seats.

“Nur Otan will come first in the future elections, followed by Ak Zhol, as the only party that has been the most active in recent months. Over half year it has welcomed 8,500 new members to become the second largest party in Kazakhstan with 180,000 members. It stands a good chance to pass a 7% election threshold or get even more votes,” Yertysbayev told Interfax-Kazakhstan.

He, however, doubted that any third party would be represented in the parliament. “The electorate will be fragmented giving the parties 3%, 4%, 5%, or 6% of votes at the most. Seven percent will be beyond reach for any other party,” he said.

He believes that the election is most likely to take place early in the year.

“The elections are most likely to happen early in 2012. I think it is quite realistic. The parliament members have made a very correct political decision. Since it is the initiative voiced by the majority of the parliament chamber, the president will favor the request regarding the looming crisis that may hit Kazakhstan’s economy hard in 2012. It would be unwise to divert government’s efforts in the midst of the downfall to a three-month parliament election campaign. It would be more prudent to resolve this matter early in the year,” he said.

He believes that, “on November 14-15 the president may issue a final decision in favor of the parliament members. In that case the election will be held within two months, on January 15. It is quite possible that it will be the date for the early parliamentary elations,” he said.

Earlier today members of the Majilis asked the president to dissolve their chamber. The request was signed by 53 deputies out of the total of 107 members.