Accessibility links

Breaking News

Kazakh Lawmakers Ask Nazarbaev To Dissolve Parliament

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo)

ASTANA -- The lower chamber of Kazakhstan's parliament, the Mazhilis, has asked President Nursultan Nazarbaev for its early dissolution.

Mazhilis speaker Qabidolla Zhaqypov announced at the January 13 session that a proposal to dissolve parliament had been unanimously supported.

The proposal was initiated by a group of lawmakers a day after Kazakhstan's national currency, the tenge, reached a new low against the dollar as Central Asia's largest economy struggles with the continued sinking of global oil prices and the impact of Russia's economic crisis.

According to the Kazakh legislation, the president can dissolve the Majilis and schedule snap elections to be held within two months after the parliament's early dissolution.

The current Majilis' term was due to end in autumn 2016.

  • 16x9 Image

    RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

    RFE/RL's Radio Azattyq has been an important source of information for people in Kazakhstan for decades. Radio Azattyq reports on compelling stories in both Kazakh and Russian and provides a platform for audience engagement and the free exchange of ideas."