Constitutional reform is a new stage in the development of Kazakhstan. Chief editor of the newspaper «The London Post» Dr Shahid Qureshi believes real changes are needed in any government system and the proposed innovations will certainly play an important role in the lives of the future generation of the country.

SHAHID QURESHI, CHIEF EDITOR, THE LONDON POST:

I think he has taken a right step at the right time. He has been in power for some time since the creation of the country. And I think he has realized that this is the right thing to do which will help in terms of the evolution of the constitution. He is taking the power to the people. Because if we don’t then these changes will bade by force.

President of the Institute of Asian and Mediterranean Studies Jean Guido Fallon considers the democratization of the political system in Kazakhstan natural. Today the Republic stands firmly on its feet, having an efficient economy and a mature society, he says. But the reform involves more responsibility.

JEAN GUIDO FALLON, PRESIDENT, ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF ASIA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN:

Kazakhstan has earned the attention and respect in the world, having come a long way under the leadership of its president. Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet system. It was necessary to build a new nation, to restore national identity, to run the economy and social growth in the market economy conditions. All this has been done. And today, when the country has matured and strengthened, such reform is a very prudent step.

Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul University Irfan Ciftci expressed his opinion on the constitutional reform proposed by the Kazakh president. Redistribution of powers between branches of government will bring the country to a new development level, he believes.

IRFAN CIFTCI, PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ISTANBUL:

In your country, the welfare of the people has improved; income of the citizens has increased. Non-governmental organizations, political and social institutions have begun to operate in accordance with international standards. Consequently, the society realizes the democratic values ​​and shows that it is ready to live according to the new principles. Given all these changes, the president of Kazakhstan expands the powers of the government and parliament and divides authority among them. I think that in the future the reform will make the further development of the society possible.

 

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