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Discussion Of Kazakh Presidential Election Postponed

President Nazarbaev (file photo) 12 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council has postponed until next week a debate on the date of the country's next presidential election.

The council was originally due to start the discussion on 8 August, but then pushed that date back to 12 August 12.

Council Chairman Igor Rogov said this latest delay came at the request of deputies from the Mazhilis, the lower house of parliament.

According to Kazakhstan's constitution, the next presidential election should be held in December 2006.

But President Nursultan Nazarbaev was elected to a seven-year term in January 1999 and that term expires in January 2006.

The council is tasked with determining if Nazarbaev can rule for the 11-month interval after his term expires or if the next presidential election needs to be held before Nazarbaev's term runs out.


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