Support The Moscow Times!

Nazarbayev to Rule to 2020?

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan should cancel the next presidential election in 2012 and extend Nursultan Nazarbayev’s rule until 2020 via a referendum, a self-described citizens’ forum proposed on Thursday.

Nazarbayev, 70, plans to run for a new term in 2012. But an 850-member forum of “representatives of Kazakhstan’s public,” held in the eastern city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, appealed to the Kazakh parliament to approve a plebiscite to extend his term, local media reported.

The forum was a motley gathering of Kazakhs including farmers, academics, war veterans and district council members. The state-dominated media did not flag the meeting in advance and it was unclear who initiated it.

Neither state officials nor legislature representatives commented on the initiative.

(Reuters)


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.