Kazakhstan's parliament has approved a plan for a referendum on extending the presidency of long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbaev until 2020.
On December 27, Kazakhstan's central election commission formally registered the motion to hold the referendum after allegedly receiving a petition from a citizens' forum.
If the plebiscite is agreed, Kazakhstan will bypass a presidential election set for 2012 and Nazarbaev will serve for another decade.
The 70-year-old Nazarbaev has ruled Kazakhstan for more than 20 years.
compiled from agency reports