ALMATY -- Activists from Kazakhstan's opposition Azat party have sent a copy of the country's constitution wrapped in a chain to Zakratdin Baidosov, a history professor in the northwestern city of Aqtobe who proposed that President Nursultan Nazarbaev be named president-for-life, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
They also collected signs protesting the idea and sent a petition to Darkhan Kaletaev, the first deputy chairman of the president's ruling Nur-Otan party.
Kaletaev announced earlier this week that his party is initiating "a project on defining the status of the country's leader."
He said the legislation might include granting a lifetime presidential term for Nazarbaev.
On September 16, deputy Senate speaker Aleksandr Sudyin said the so-called "Law on the Nation's Leader" should be adopted.
In 2007, the Kazakh parliament adopted a constitutional amendment extending the presidential term to seven years and lifting the two-term limit.
The next presidential election in Kazakhstan is scheduled for 2012.
Kazakhstan will take over the leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in January.