BREAKING NEWS: EXTRAORDINARY ELECTION DATE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED
The State of the Nation Address by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Dear compatriots! I am addressing each of you.
In accordance with the Constitution of the country, I have made a decision to hold an extraordinary election of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019.
I conferred with Yelbassy – Nursultan Nazarbayev.
I consulted with the speakers of both houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister of the country.
I advised my decision with the Constitutional Council.
I met with the leaders of the parliamentary parties.
The decision on early elections is important and necessary.
Thanks to Yelbassy, we have built a successful, authoritative state in the world. Kazakhstan has taken a worthy place in the international community. Our country is reckoned with all over the world.
Now we are all experiencing a historic moment.
The supreme power in Kazakhstan was transferred in a calm atmosphere in full accordance with the Constitution. This has caused respect for Kazakhstan on the part of the international community.
From the moment of taking office of the President, I went on trips to the regions, I know the mood of people. I meet with intellectuals, labour collectives, business representatives, investors, and international figures.
My conclusion is that we are on the right way. Our wise people are united. The state, as the highest value of our independence, is unshakable.
Therefore, I firmly believe that early elections of the head of state are absolutely necessary.
In order to ensure social and political accord, move forward confidently, solve the tasks of social and economic development, it is necessary to remove any uncertainty.
Besides, the situation in the world is changing rapidly and not in the best way for us. We must reaffirm the continuity, predictability and stability of our domestic and foreign policies. We must continue to work on the effective and successful implementation of social programs and strategy of Yelbassy.
This can only be done through direct expression of the will of the people in the elections.
Kazakhstan is a democratic state. And the President will be elected according to the will of the people.
As the current Head of State, I guarantee that the elections will be held honestly, openly and fairly!
This is my principled position!
We face great challenges. I believe in the wisdom of our people.
I am calling you to take responsible approach for future elections.
The future of the country and the fate of every Kazakhstani family depend on your decision!