President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokaev signed a series of laws that limit the powers of the head of state, APA reports citing Perild.
This package of laws was adopted as a result of the republican referendum held in June this year on amendments and additions to the Constitution.
The amendments provide for the reduction of certain powers of the president in relation to local executive authorities (now the president will be able to appoint heads of cities and regions only with the approval of local deputies). The so-called “presidential quota” in parliament is being reduced, and certain restrictions are being introduced during the term of office of the president.
The President is prohibited from membership in political parties, and close relatives of the head of state are prohibited from holding political positions and leadership positions in the quasi-public sector.
In addition, from January 1, 2023, the Constitutional Court will start functioning in Kazakhstan. New laws fix the status, powers, guarantees of independence of the Commissioner for Human Rights. The human rights function of the Prosecutor General has also been strengthened.