President • 09 April, 2019

Address of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to the nation

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Dear compatriots!

I appeal to each of you.

In accordance with the Constitution, I have decided to hold early elections of the President of Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019.

I consulted with Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well as with Speakers of both Houses of Parliament, and the Prime Minister.

The decision was agreed upon by the Constitutional Council.

I met with the leaders of the parliamentary parties.

The decision on early elections is important and necessary.

Thanks to Elbasy, we have built a successful and widely respected nation. Kazakhstan has gained a worthy place in the international community. Our country plays an increasing role in global affairs.

This is a fateful moment for all of us.

The power in Kazakhstan has been transferred in a calm atmosphere in full accordance with the Constitution. This caused respect for Kazakhstan from the world community.

Since taking office, I made a trip across regions, so I am aware of the mood of people. I meet with the intelligentsia, labour communities, business people, investors and representatives of  international organizations.

My conclusion is that we are on the right track. Our wise nation is united. Our state, as the supreme value of our independence, is indispensable.

Therefore, I firmly believe that early elections of the Head of State are a vital necessity.

In order to ensure political and social consent, confidently move forward, solve the tasks of socio-economic development, it is of vital importance to remove any uncertainty.

Moreover, the situation in the world is changing rapidly and unfortunately, we are facing new challenges ahead. We must confirm the continuity, predictability and stability of our domestic and foreign policy. We shall continue working on the effective, successful implementation of social programs and strategic course ofElbasy.

This can be fulfilled only through direct expression of the will of the people in the elections.

Kazakhstan is a democratic state. And its President will be elected as per people’s will.

In the capacity of Acting Head of State, I guarantee that it will be free, transparent and fair elections!

This is my firm position!

We are facing great challenges. I believe in the wisdom of our people.

Dear compatriots!

The folk wisdom says, "Where there is unity, there is creation" (Birlik Bar Zherde, Tirlik Bar!).

I am calling you to be fully responsible about the future elections.

The future of our country and the destiny of each family depend on your decision!

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