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Kazakhstan: Parliament Passes Vote Of Confidence In Government

Astana, 19 May 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The Kazakh parliament today passed a vote of confidence in the government, defusing a political standoff over a key land-privatization bill. The vote of confidence was passed by a majority of deputies in the two chambers of parliament.

Prime Minister Imangali Tasmangambetov asked for the vote of confidence after parliament introduced amendments which the government said would block private land ownership.

The government and parliamentary versions of the legislation differed over whether money from land sales should go in a special government reserve fund, as well as the maximum area of land permitted to each owner and the timing of private ownership of farm land.

The vote of confidence means the government's version of the land code -- which now has to be signed by the president -- will become law.