Kazakhstan approves referendum on constitutional reform

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Dushanbe: (JTN) Kazakhstan approves referendum

A clear majority of voters in Kazakhstan voted in favor of constitutional reforms proposed by President Qasim Jomart Tokayev.

=Former head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev will lose some of his privileges

According to the Central Asian country’s election commission, 77% of voters voted in favor of the draft. As a result of these reforms, former head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev will lose some of his privileges. Nazarbayev, 81, resigned in 2019 after nearly three decades in power. However, his title of Leader of the Nation remained.

=Demonstrations against President Tokayev’s government took place in January

Violent demonstrations against President Tokayev’s government took place in January. The demonstrators reportedly had the backing of Nazarbayev. However, with the help of the Russian military, the protests were brought under control, with at least 230 people killed.

=Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence
Kazakhstan is a country mainly located in Central Asia, with a small portion of the country extending west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe. Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence during the dissolution of the Soviet Union from 1988 to 1991. Human rights organizations have described the Kazakh government as authoritarian, and regularly describe Kazakhstan’s human rights situation as poor.
=Its actively engaged within the framework of the NATO
Kazakhstan has been actively engaged within the framework of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme since 1993. At present, the leading areas for cooperation include environmental security and defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.

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