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Sep 23, 2022 07:32 PM
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In Depth: Why Kazakhstan’s President Is Bent on Weakening His Office

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev kisses the national flag during his inauguration ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on June 12, 2019. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/VCG
Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev kisses the national flag during his inauguration ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on June 12, 2019. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/VCG

In April, almost three months after unrest swept over half of Kazakhstan, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev submitted a draft for a slate of constitutional amendments to the Special Government Meeting for Constitutional Deliberation and Revision.

The purpose of the reforms is to comprehensively transform the government, according to Tokayev. “Put simply, this model or process shall be called the Second Republic,” he said.

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