On September 21, Kazakhstan’s President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev signed an edict that set early presidential elections on November 20, according to the president’s press service.
According to Tokayev, the snap elections will allow the country to reset the entire political system of the country.
«This will allow us to focus on finding effective solutions for long-term tasks to achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the welfare and quality of life of our citizens. In my last national address, I announced a set of vast social and economic measures that must be realized soon,» he said.
The president noted that he is going to present his new election program. This is going to be a set of initiatives aimed at achieving social and economic progress in Kazakhstan.
Tokayev also said that the elections are going to meet all the legal requirements and best practices. It is expected that both domestic and international observers will actively take part in the elections.
«I am calling on my fellow citizens to take this responsibility, and stick to the principles of democracy, law and order as a demonstration of the solidarity and unity of our people. The fate and future of Kazakhstan are in our own hands. Together we will build a Fair Kazakhstan!» he said.
On September 1, Tokayev addressed the nation at a joint meeting of the upper and lower houses of the parliament. Among some other ideas, he proposed holding early presidential elections this fall, although he has two more years on his current presidential term.
If Tokayev wins this snap election, he will be able to remain in office until 2029. However, as Alma Mukanova, vice minister of justice explained, this will be possible after relevant changes to the constitution.