Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won the early presidential elections in Kazakhstan by a wide margin, getting more than 80% of the votes with several competitors and the column ‘against all’ in the ballots.
The new president of Kazakhstan, according to the new Constitution, can be elected for only one seven-year term, the time reserved for the implementation of his pre-election promises and subsequent programs and reforms. Though it is hard to call Tokayev a new one because he was in this position for the last few years and has proved himself as a far-sighted leader, capable of making important decisions.
The number of votes cast in his favour indicates a high level of people’s trust in the past-present head of state and his policies. No wonder, because exactly with Tokayev’s coming to power huge democratic changes began in the country, many problematic issues in different spheres were moved from the dead point, and Kazakhstan began to pay more attention to itself and stand out on the world stage as a Central Asian country with great potential.
By the way, during his inauguration on November 26th Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed: the country is at the very beginning of the thorny path to building a Just Kazakhstan, where the law reigns and order is observed, and where there is due respect for the rights of citizens. Thus, he said, much work is to be done to transform society and turn Kazakhstan into a developed country with truly democratic institutions. This modernization will affect all areas of life, from education to industrialization.
After the inauguration, the President signed several important decrees. First, attention will be given to the development of the countryside, where approximately 40% of the country’s citizens live. The relevant concept will be developed by the Government within five years.
Secondly, on 14 January 2023 elections to the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan are scheduled, and in June next year elections to the Majilis of the Parliament will also be held, which will continue the practical implementation of the ongoing constitutional reforms in the country. Thus, part of the deputy corps of the upper house will be renewed on the basis of the principles of competition and openness.
The most long-awaited decree – on measures to return illegally withdrawn assets to the state – can be said to restore justice. Unfortunately, the world expert community has heard about frequent similar cases involving Kazakhstani businessmen and politicians; for example, everyone has heard of the notorious Mukhtar Ablyazov, who uses the money stolen from the population of Kazakhstan to undermine the political regime in his home country and to manipulate Europe.
All of the returned funds should work for the benefit of the citizens. They should be invested in the opening of high-tech industries, the construction of schools and hospitals, and the implementation of social projects, said the leader of Kazakhstan.
In the president’s speech, the foreign policy of Kazakhstan was touched upon as a separate and quite extensive topic.
Our priorities will be focused on mutually beneficial cooperation and strategic partnership with our neighbours China, Russia, and the brotherly countries of Central Asia, as well as with our partners in integration alliances. We will make every effort to develop multifaceted cooperation with the USA, the European Union, the states of Asia, the Middle East, and Transcaucasia, as well as with all interested countries. Kazakhstan remains committed to modern international law and the UN Charter, said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
It seems that Kazakhstan remains committed to its political course and does not choose sides in one or another international issue. If circumstances do not affect the territorial and other integrity of Kazakhstan itself, and no one encroaches on the sovereignty of the country, its position remains adamant – peace, balance, compromise.