Kazakhstan extended the presidential term by banning re-election and renamed the capital

09:59 16 September Kyiv, Ukraine

The Parliament of Kazakhstan adopted amendments to the Constitution, according to which the name of Astana will be returned to the capital of the country, and the president will be given one seven-year term.

The adopted amendments provide that:
  • the presidential term in Kazakhstan will be increased from five to seven years, while the president will not be able to be re-elected for a second term;
  • Nur-Sultan, the capital of the country, will return to its former name - Astana.
Minister of Justice Kanat Musin said at the meeting that the issue of renaming the capital is discussed in society, therefore, taking into account public opinion, it was included in the draft law. Majilis deputy Zhanarbek Ashimzhanov noted that the people of Kazakhstan do not deny the merits of the country's first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in strengthening statehood.

In September, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed that early presidential elections be held in autumn 2022.. He also took the initiative to extend the presidential term to seven years.. Tokayev supported the proposal of the deputies, who advocated renaming Nur-Sultan to Astana.

Astana was renamed Nur-Sultan in March 2019 after Kassym-Jomart Tokayev came up with such an initiative.