ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a constitutional reform bill that strengthens the separation of powers and transfers powers from the presidency to the government and parliament, the Akorda presidential palace announced on Friday.
The Central Asian nation’s government is headed by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.
“Some presidential powers have been delegated to other branches of government, therefore strengthening their independence and decision-making responsibility,” Nazarbayev said during the public signing ceremony.
“The parliament will receive new powers to oversee the activities of the government and executive bodies,” the head of state added.
The members of parliament will thus have a stronger role in public affairs and be able to appoint ministers and demand their resignation.
In addition, the national government will have the power to directly manage the economy.
“I’m sure the expansion of the powers of parliament and the government will help us more effectively achieve the objectives of the third modernization of the economy,” Nazarbayev said.
The Kazakh leader said that with these measures the political system will acquire a greater degree of democracy and stability.
“Kazakhstan will continue to have a presidential form of government, but power will be more balanced, flexible and effective,” he said.
The group set up to oversee the reforms was led by the head of the Presidential Administration, Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, and also included members of the government, parliament and the Supreme Court, among other state institutions, as well as constitutional experts.