Tokayev ruled out plans to “zero the term” through a referendum on the Constitution

There are no intentions to “zero the presidential term”, Tokayev assured. Earlier, he noted that amendments to the Constitution would help to get away from the super-presidential form of government and strengthen the powers of the parliament and local representative bodies

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev does not intend to extend his term of office through a referendum on constitutional amendments. He stated this at a session on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences of the country, NUR.KZ reports.

“I am asked inside the country and abroad whether the current head of state is going to extend his term of office through a referendum, so to speak, to nullify the presidential term. I answer: there were no such intentions and will not be, — Tokayev said.

According to Articles 41–42 of Kazakhstan's current Constitution, adopted in 1995, the president is elected for a five-term term and can hold this post for no more than two consecutive terms. The Basic Law also states that this rule does not apply to the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, but this provision will be removed if the amendments are adopted.

Tokayev was elected president in 2019. With a proposal to hold a referendum on amendments to the Constitution he performed at the end of April. Prior to this, Tokayev said that Kazakhstan should get away from the “super-presidential” form of government to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. According to him, the changes will affect a third of the provisions of the Constitution. The referendum on the amendments will be held on Sunday, June 5.

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