By Kamila Aliyeva
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed the law “On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution”, the presidential press service reported on March 10.
The constitutional reform envisages transferring some of powers from president to parliament and government.
Nazarbayev put forward the initiative to redistribute powers in December 2016.
Kazakhstan’s Parliament passed the “Law on Amendments and Additions to the Constitution” on March 6. On March 9, the country’s Constitutional Council ruled that the law on constitutional amendments is in line with the Constitution itself.
The new reforms will keep the presidential form of government while strengthening the roles of the legislative and executive branches.
The amendments will keep the president as the "supreme arbitrator" who will serve as a power broker between different branches. He will keep his powers to appoint ministers of foreign affairs, defense and interior.
The document expands the role of the Majilis in the formation of the government, and also strengthens the parliamentary control powers over the activities of the Cabinet.
Under the changes, the president will no longer be able to suspend decisions taken by the prime minister and cabinet, so they will be fully responsible for implementing state programmes and policies.