Earlier this year the people of Kazakhstan went to the streets to protest the authoritarian government, which was met with lethal force from the government. Now, that same government is loosening their grip on their populace and moving towards democracy in a huge win for the democratic movement. The very recent past has been very tough on the citizens of Kazakhstan but the future sure looks better.
More proof that protesting works! And democracy is more than just being able to vote.
The poll on constitutional changes was seen by many as a chance to close the chapter on the country’s former leader.
According to Tokayev, the proposed changes will empower lawmakers and dismantle the “super-presidential” system currently in place. But the reform also ends a slew of privileges enjoyed by Nazarbayev.
Another amendment nixes Nazarbayev’s right to run for president more than two times.
The reforms will also ban the president’s relatives from holding government positions — another controversial issue in the oil-rich country.
They also significantly strengthen the role of the country’s parliament, restore the Constitutional Court, and abolish the death penalty.