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Kazakh President Calls For Larger Parliament

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev at his inauguration to a third term in January (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) March 24, 2006 -- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev today suggested that the country's parliament should be expanded.

At the moment, there are 116 members of parliament, 77 in the lower house, the Mazhilis, and 39 in the upper house, the Senate.

Nazarbaev was speaking at the first session of a state commission convened to formulate democratic reforms.

Nazarbaev called on the commission to analyze all proposed constitutional amendments closely.

On March 23, Minister of Culture, Information and Sport Yermukhamet Yertysbaev suggested that the constitutional reforms would result in early parliamentary elections.


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