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By | 01/09/2022

NUR-SULTAN — Republic of kazakhstan’s president, Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev, has called for an early on presidential election in the coming months in which he will seek a 2d term in role.

In an annual address on September 1, Toqaev besides proposed increasing the presidential term to seven years from five years while barring time to come presidents from seeking more than than one term.

“I propose that nosotros hold early on presidential elections in the autumn of 2022,” Toqaev told parliament, saying measures were needed to “strengthen our statehood” and “maintain the momentum of reforms.”

Toqaev also called for early on parliamentary elections to be held in the starting time half of 2023. He said the elections will be held both for the Mazhilis, the lower business firm of parliament, and the maslikhats, local councils on all levels.

A presidential vote had been due in Kazakhstan in 2024 and parliamentary elections in 2025. To call an election, parliament must approve such a proposal so pass it on to the Central Electoral Commission, which officially sets the date.

Toqaev’south argument comes every bit human rights groups and political activists in the Central Asian nation demand a full investigation into violent nationwide protests that rocked the country in early Jan. Some 238 people, including nineteen law enforcement officers, were killed in the unrest.

Protesters broke into the Almaty mayor's office on January 5 and set it on fire, as well as nearby vehicles, as part of the unrest that spread across Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices.

Protesters broke into the Almaty mayor’s office on Jan v and gear up it on burn down, as well every bit nearby vehicles, every bit part of the unrest that spread across Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices.

Many in Republic of kazakhstan, including relatives of those killed during the unrest, have been demanded an explanation from Toqaev on his decision to invite Russia-led troops from the Collective Security Treaty Organization to disperse the protests, besides as his public “shoot to kill without warning” order.

The unrest occurred later on a peaceful demonstration in the western region of Manghystau on January two over a fuel-toll hike tapped into deep-seated resent over the state’s leadership, leading to widespread antigovernment protests.

Thousands of people were detained past officials during and after the protests, which Toqaev said were caused by “twenty,000 terrorists” from abroad, a claim for which authorities have provided no evidence.

Human rights groups accept provided testify that peaceful demonstrators and people who had nothing to practise with the protests were among those killed by constabulary enforcement and armed forces personnel.

In his September 1 address, Toqaev appear that all of those arrested or bedevilled for taking part in the January unrest, as well as law enforcement officers arrested for alleged beating and torturing the detained protesters, volition be granted charity.

“The amnesty will not touch on the main suspects accused of organizing the unrest, as well as those charged with high treason and attempting to seize ability,” Toqaev said. He gave no further details such as naming such suspects or an exact number of those arrested during and afterward the unrest.

The former chief of Republic of kazakhstan’southward Committee of National Security, Karim Masimov, who was a close associate of Toqaev’s predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbaev, and 3 of his ex-deputies were arrested after the unrest and charged with loftier treason.

Karimov’s fourth deputy, Samat Abish, who is a nephew of Nazarbaev, was interrogated and identified as a person on interest in the case.

Nazarbaev ruled Kazakhstan for nearly three decades before resigning in March 2019 and picking his longtime ally Toqaev every bit his successor.

Even so, he retained sweeping powers as the caput of the Security Council, enjoying substantial powers with the title of “elbasy” or leader of the nation.

In June that year, Toqaev was announced the winner in an early presidential election that was followed by protests in the country’s financial capital, Almaty, and another cities, saying the poll was rigged.

In the wake of the January unrest, Toqaev stripped Nazarbaev of his Security Council part, taking it over himself. Since and so, several Nazarbaev relatives and allies take been pushed out of their positions or resigned. Some accept been arrested on abuse charges.

In June this year, a Toqaev-initiated referendum removed Nazarbaev’s name from the constitution and annulled his status as elbasy.

Kazakh critics say Toqaev’s initiatives were mainly cosmetic and would not change the nature of the autocratic system in a state that has been plagued for years by rampant corruption and nepotism.

In his almanac accost, Toqaev said he will suspend until 2028 a program gradually raising the retirement age for women from 58 to that of men, which is 63.

That statement appeared to be a response to numerous protests by feminist activists in several major cities in recent weeks who demanded the programme to be cancelled.

The upcoming ballot, the date of which is yet to be set, is expected to strengthen Toqaev’due south mandate every bit an independent leader, should he win.

Kazakhstan, a tightly controlled oil-rich one-time Soviet republic of some 19 1000000, has never held a presidential election deemed free and off-white past western observers.