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The Parliamentary Assembly should support Kazakhstan to continue its democratic reforms

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 15569 | 23 June 2022

Mr Aleksander POCIEJ, Poland, EPP/CD ; Lord Andrew ADONIS, United Kingdom, SOC ; Sir Christopher CHOPE, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Rik DAEMS, Belgium, ALDE ; Lord Alexander DUNDEE, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Lord George FOULKES, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Erkin GADIRLI, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Lord Leslie GRIFFITHS, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Antonio GUTIÉRREZ LIMONES, Spain, SOC ; Mr Sabir HAJIYEV, Azerbaijan, SOC ; Ms Nicole HÖCHST, Germany, EC/DA ; Mr John HOWELL, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Kamal JAFAROV, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Mr Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Baroness Doreen E. MASSEY, United Kingdom, SOC ; Ms Dumitrina MITREA, Romania, EC/DA ; Mr Sorin-Titus MUNCACIU, Romania, EC/DA ; Mr Dmytro NATALUKHA, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Bob van PAREREN, Netherlands, EC/DA ; Mr Armen RUSTAMYAN, Armenia, SOC ; Mr Samad SEYIDOV, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Mr Morten WOLD, Norway, EC/DA

We note that the constitutional amendments adopted by the national referendum on 5 June 2022:

  • meet Council of Europe standards;
  • mean a real breakthrough in terms of Constitutional amendments;
  • improve the social structure;
  • promote market-oriented reforms.

We support the transition from the super-presidential model to a presidential republic, the redistribution of several powers, the strengthening of the role and the enhancement of the status of Parliament, the participation of the population in the governance of the country and the strengthening of the mechanisms for the protection of the citizens’ rights. We express the strong hope that all these necessary measures will strengthen the mechanism of checks and balances in the Kazakh political system.

We take note of the 56 amendments to the constitution, including the restoration of the Constitutional Court, which was abolished in 1995, the banning of the president of the Republic from being a member of a political party and of his/her relatives from holding public office.

We call on Kazakhstan to continue its political reform programme, which is aimed at strengthening the principles of democracy, freedom and the rule of law. The Parliamentary Assembly should examine its ongoing and future relationship with Kazakhstan.