Kazakh MPs ask president to call early parliament elections

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 12, 2016 11:48 PM

ALMATY (Reuters) - Parliament deputies representing all three factions of Kazakhstan's Mazhilis lower house asked President Nursultan Nazabayev on Wednesday to call a snap parliamentary election, local media reported.

The lower house was elected in January 2012 for a five-year term, but running an early poll alongside local council elections will save money, news websites Vlast.kz and Tengrinews.kz quoted parliament deputy Vladislav Kosarev as saying at a briefing.

Kazakhstan has never held an election judged free and fair by Western observers and there are no opponents of Nazarbayev in the 107-seat lower house which routinely approves bills drafted by the government.

Under Kazakh laws, if a snap poll is called this month, it will take place in March. Nazarbayev himself, in power since 1989, was re-elected for another five-year term last April.

(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Ryan Woo)