Kazakh parliamentarians propose a Nazarbayev-the-leader-of the-nation bill

May 5. Interfax-Kazakhstan

Kazakh parliamentarians propose a Nazarbayev-the-leader-of the-nation billKazakh parliamentarians compare Nursultan Nazarbayev with George Washington, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Mahatma Gandhi and propose a Nazarbayev-the-leader-of the-nation bill.

A group of members of the Majilis (the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament) has suggested that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev be legally recognized as leader of the nation.

The majilismen Rozakul Khalmuradov, Amzebek Zholshibekov and Svetlana Ferkho introduced a bill called “Amendments to Some Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aimed at Improving the Legislation Relating to the Activities of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Leader of the Nation.” They proposed that the Majilis should review and adopt the bill, a correspondent of Interfax-Kazakhstan reported from a Wednesday plenary meeting of the Majilis.

“The status of the first Kazakh president as the leader of the nation should be defined by the constitutional law, which should also specify his constitutional powers and provide guarantees to secure his activities,” Mr Zholshibekov said.

“In order to clearly define the immunity status of the president we suggest that new law should not allow any criminal or administrative charges against the leader of the nation for what he did during his presidency,” the majilisman continued.

According to him, the immunity status should be applied to all the property of the first president and his family members who live with him.

Svetlana Ferkho, another initiator of the bill, told the Majilis, “Kazakhstan became independent in 1991. During these years we got through a lot of difficulties. Only thanks to our President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who assumed all responsibility and managed to unite the whole community, Kazakhstan successfully overcame those difficulties.”

“Nursultan Nazarbayev can be compared to such historical figures as George Washington, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Mahatma Gandhi, who, acting in the interests of their countries, did very many good things and still live in the memories of their people,” Ms Ferkho said.

The majilismen suggested that the existing laws “On Elections” and “On the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan” be also amended along with the law “On the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

Besides, the parliamentarians suggested adopting the law “Amendments to Some Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aimed at Improving the Legislation Relating to the Activities of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Leader of the Nation.” According to Mr Zholshibekov, other affected laws will be: the Criminal Code, the law “On the Safeguard Services for the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” “On State Awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” “On the State Award for Peace and Progress to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” “On the Assembly of the Peoples of Kazakhstan.”

The Majilis made a decision to prepare a report concerning the bill before June 25, 2010.

Last year in September the Nur Otan First Deputy Chair Darkhan Kaletayev told a press briefing in Astana that the ruling party Nur Otan suggested adopting a law on the leader of the nation to make the first president of the independent Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, a life-time president. However, the suggestion did not receive a very warm welcome from the community and the governmental authorities.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is turning 70 in July, was first elected president of Kazakhstan, at that moment the Kazakh Social Soviet Republic which was part of the USSR, 20 year ago on April 24, 1990.

Since then Nursultan Nazarbayev has been elected president of the independent Kazakhstan a few times through direct elections – in 1991, 1999, 2005. In 1995 his term as president of Kazakhstan was extended by the national referendum.

The current presidential term of Nursultan Nazarbayev expires in 2012.

In 2007 the parliament amended the law to allow Nursultan Nazarbayev to run for president an unlimited number of times.

Today the presidential term is 7 years which will be reduced to five years starting 2012.

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