On May 18th, something happened that was long overdue. President Nazarbayev no longer has to think about his special authority: the parliament approved amendments to the country's Constitution, initiated by Nursultan Abishevich himself. The bill was submitted 48 (!) Hours before the consideration, the review itself took 18 (!) Minutes. 116 deputies voted in favor of the amendment, one against.
Now Article 42 of the Constitution, stipulating that “one and the same person cannot be elected president of the republic more than two times in a row,” is supplemented with a sentence: “This restriction does not apply to the first president of the Republic of Kazakhstan.” Like, Kazakhstan, it seems, is still a democratic country, but with such a reduced level of democratic choice that deputies urgently need to adopt another amendment proclaiming a lifelong dictator with a well-known name.
What really happened? President Nazarbayev has been fighting for several years around the idea of his country's chairmanship in the OSCE. Countless arguments were cited, including the fact that Kazakhstan is a young democracy that needs support. A “heavy artillery” in the person of Russian and other post-Soviet politicians from the CIS was involved. They even crumbled in threats, hinting to the West that the rejection of Kazakhstan’s application would deprive the entire population of the former USSR, and the presidents, half of whom are already dictators or close to this state of mind and body, will be offended at all and will not accept any economic assistance. Like, choke on your filthy “Evrami”, it is more important for us that Nursultan Abishevich feel himself a sultan (sorry for the tautology).
When the feeling of permissiveness began to disappear, and Nazarbayev was already full of reproaches about dishonest and undemocratic elections, about numerous violations of human rights and suppression of political opposition, the plan URNCOFL-467907 appeared. I can not vouch for the accuracy of the abbreviation, but the plan implied actions, in essence and effects resembling a candy. Like, do not cry, take the candy.
The candy turned out to be quite predictable - very tasty and useful. Not for the country or the population useful, but within the presidential family - quite edible. A silly question arises: why should all this have been done now, without waiting for the official refusal to head the OSCE? From principle or from harm? Like, I wanted to look like a modern, high-quality feudal lord, and you left me no chance, it remains only to become a dictator.
The future path of Kazakhstan seems winding and uneven. The country is in disgust, the party building is already undergoing a redistribution, and if there are still extraordinary parliamentary elections, the electorate may not be enough for everyone. So, everything will be built in my own way: two batches - one father's and the other daughter. The next election of Nazarbayev, respectively, will be in three years. Type, at first a five-year term, then another, and there - how good health is enough. And oil ...