The White Home highlighted the strategic bilateral cooperation with Astana, following a profitable assembly of the Nationwide Safety Advisor, Jake Sullivan, with Kazakhstan’s Particular Consultant for Worldwide Cooperation, Erzhan Kazykhan, in Washington D.C.
The White Home launched this week an official readout of a really profitable assembly, relating to Kazakhstan-USA strategic relations, which happened on January 23rd in Washington D.C., the place U.S. Nationwide Safety Advisor, Jake Sullivan, met with Kazakhstan’s Particular Consultant for Worldwide Cooperation, Erzhan Kazykhan.
“Through the assembly”, the White Home web site famous, “the 2 reaffirmed the dedication of america and Kazakhstan to assist the ideas of the UN Constitution, together with the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. In addition they highlighted the strategic partnership between their nations and the cooperation on key bilateral and regional points, corresponding to power safety. The U.S. aspect reaffirmed U.S. assist for Kazakhstani President Tokayev’s efforts to enhance clear, accountable governance in Kazakhstan”.
The U.S. Administration’s assist for President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s sweeping democratic reforms in Kazakhstan is confused two months after the re-election of Tokayev to a single 7-year time period, with the overwhelming assist of his folks – 81% voted for him within the Presidential elections (the turnout was 69%). A couple of months earlier than, on 5 June 2022, the folks of Kazakhstan authorized Tokayev’s proposal to amend one-third of the nation’s structure, in a nationwide referendum. The outcomes have been unambiguous too – 77% voted “Sure” (the turnout was 68%).
The reforms, aimed toward remodeling Kazakhstan from a super-Presidential state to a normative Presidential democracy, with a powerful Parliament, an impartial Judiciary, and an accountable authorities, have been accelerated over the last 10 months. Limitations to the creation of recent political events have been eliminated and lowered; a 30% quota for girls and youth was mandated for electoral social gathering lists; the dying penalty was abolished; a brand new Constitutional Court docket was established, with full accessibility to each citizen throughout Kazakhstan; and the President’s powers have been lowered, whereas his rule was restricted to a single 7-year time period with out the precise to be re-elected.
Household kin of the President have been voluntarily banned from holding governmental or semi-governmental positions, setting new moral requirements for the nation’s future leaders, thus mitigating the danger of household and clan rule. The immune standing of the nation’s Human Rights Commissioner was secured by the structure. And blended Parliamentary electoral system was launched, with the Senate (the upper home) being strengthened as a physique that defends the pursuits of the areas, in addition to numerous underrepresented social and ethnic teams. In the meantime, the Majilis (the decrease home), shall be re-elected on March 2023, utilizing for the primary time in Kazakhstan’s political legacy, a blended proportional-majority system with a ratio of 70%-30%. This can strengthen the legislature, enhance democratic participation, and strengthen belief between residents and the authorities.
Erzhan Kazykhan, the previous Kazakh Minister of Overseas Affairs and ambassador to the U.S., the UK, Austria, and the U.N. is the Particular Consultant of the Kazakh President for Worldwide Cooperation, since April 2021. Jake Sullivan serves as america Nationwide Safety Advisor to President Joe Biden since January 2021. He was beforehand Director of Coverage to President Barack Obama, Nationwide Safety Advisor to then Vice President Biden, and Deputy Chief of Employees to Secretary Hillary Clinton on the U.S. Division of State.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with Particular Envoy Erzhan Kazykhan