The early election may minimise risks from a potential deterioration of the economy and loss of public support amid geopolitical turbulence in the region, analysts say.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signs bill limiting presidential mandates to a single seven-year term and reinstates capital's name that was changed in 2019 in honour of then-president Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Kazakhstan holds referendum to overhaul the constitution after deadly unrest ended founding leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's three-decade grip on the Central Asia's richest country.
The reform, promoted by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on March 16, intends to introduce a new governance model to the country and initiate a new era also known as 'New Kazakhstan' or the second republic.
Tokayev passed an amendment to a law which removes the need to agree on domestic and foreign policy decisions with Nazarbayev, who was seen as the country’s top decision-maker prior to January violence.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, who appeared in a video address for the first time since unrest rocked Kazakhstan this month, has also rejected rumours that he was abroad.
While Russia is the most influential power in Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and the US are the two biggest investors in Central Asia’s largest state.
President Tokayev says his predecessor and mentor Nursultan Nazarbayev created a caste of the wealthy elite in the Central Asian country after unrest erupted last week over a hike in fuel prices.
Kazakhstan occupies a strategically significant position between China and Russia, but has largely stayed out of the world’s eyes, until now,
The international organisation was established in 2009 to promote full-spectrum cooperation among Turkic-speaking countries.
Nur Otan party led by powerful ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev sweeps parliamentary election, exit poll shows, as it has done for decades, with no major opposition groups running in the vote.
Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon looks sure to secure a fifth term in office in ongoing election as campaigns of his four competitors admit they do not expect many votes.
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