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Nursultan Nazarbayev to be deprived of Yelbasy status

The Parliament of Kazakhstan will adopt amendments concerning the status of the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev by the end of the year. Majilis Speaker Yerlan Koshanov told journalists.

On June 5, the Kazakhstanis approved 56 amendments to the Constitution in a referendum. It is up to Parliament now to make point amendments. According to Yerlan Koshanov, the amendments will be adopted by the end of 2022.

«We will start considering them in autumn. By the end of the year, we must pass them. The President has set such a task for us. The Ministry of Justice formed a working group to amend constitutional and other laws. The issue is being considered within the working group,» he said.

Earlier, Majilis deputy from Ak Zhol party Daniya Yespayeva reported that the Parliament will consider a bill to repeal the law on the first president Nursultan Nazarbayev in September.

On April 29, at the session of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to hold a referendum on amendments to the Constitution. It is proposed to reduce the powers of the head of state, to significantly strengthen the role of Parliament and local representative bodies, to strengthen the human rights sphere, to reconstitute the Constitutional Court, to enshrine the final abolition of the death penalty and to exclude the provisions on the status of the first leader of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The main amendments also include a ban for the president, military personnel, law enforcement officers, judges and a number of other civil servants to be party members, a ban for relatives of the incumbent president to hold political positions, as well as positions in the quasi-state sector.

The referendum on amendments to the Constitution in Kazakhstan was held on June 5.