Law on first Kazakh president no longer in force, says Constitutional Court

Astana, Jan 11 (EFE).- Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Court has said that the law granting a number of privileges to the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is no longer in force after the adoption of the country’s new constitution, in a resolution published on its website.

The court stressed that the current Kazakh Constitution, adopted in a referendum on June 5, 2022, “does not provide legal grounds for retaining the constitutional law ‘on the first president of Kazakhstan'” and, therefore, is no longer in force.

The Kazakh legislative is already studying the project to repeal the law that confers on Nazarbayev, the status of “Elbasy” (leader of the nation), as well as the presidency for life of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, from which the former president resigned in April 2021, in addition to other privileges.

With the repeal of the law, Nazarbayev, who ruled the country for 30 years and resigned in March 2019, will not lose the immunity guaranteed by his status as former president.

Members of his family, however, will no longer benefit from such privileges. EFE


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