Parliamentary election in Zhanaozen to go ahead – Constitutional Council

January 11. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

Parliamentary election in Zhanaozen to go ahead - Constitutional CouncilThe Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan has failed to override President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s veto on its decision to cancel the parliamentary election in the city of Zhanaozen (in Mangistau region).

“After considering the president’s veto on its decision #1 of January 6 the Constitutional Council could not gather enough votes to override the veto,” the President of the Constitutional Council Igor Rogov said.

Thus the parliamentary election in Zhanaozen will take place.

Under the Constitution of Kazakhstan the president of the country may impose a full or partial veto on the decisions of the Constitutional Council. The Council may override the president’s veto with two thirds of the votes.

The early parliamentary election in Kazakhstan is set for January 15.

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Parliamentary elections must consolidate the nation, Nazarbayev

January 11. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Almaty

The upcoming parliamentary elections on January 15 will help to keep the people of Kazakhstan united, said President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“We once again are facing an electoral event, the elections to the Majilis. We have ensured that they will be fair, open and transparent,” said Nursultan Nazarbayev to the winners of the presidential art grants on Wednesday in Almaty.

“What parliament we choose will determine the peace in the country and the goals we are trying to achieve for this and future Kazakhstan’s generations. (…) Among the turmoil and instability in the world, we have to be united and the election will help to do that,” he said.

I’m sure that the people of Kazakhstan will choose stability, tolerance, peaceful development, ethnic harmony and long-term programs I proposed,” said Nursultan Nazarbayev.