President of Kazakhstan

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Қазақстан Республикасының Президенті

Presidential Standard
Nursultan Nazarbayev

since 24 April 1990
Residence Ak Orda Presidential Palace
Appointer Direct popular vote
Term length 5 years, renewable once (The 1st President is excluded from this limit)
Inaugural holder Nursultan Nazarbayev
Formation 24 April 1990
Succession Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan
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The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakh: Қазақстан Республикасының Президенті, Qazaqstan Respuwblïkasınıñ Prezïdenti) is the head of state, Commander-in-chief and holder of the highest office within the Republic of Kazakhstan. The authorities of this position are described in special section of Constitution of Kazakhstan.

The position was established on 24 April 1990, a year before the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The first, and as of 2016 current and only President of Kazakhstan is Nursultan Nazarbayev.[1]

None of the Presidential elections held in Kazakhstan have been considered free or fair by western countries or international observers[2] with issues noted including ballot tampering, multiple voting, harassment of opposition candidates and press censorship.

Decoration of the President of Kazakhstan

The President of Kazakhstan's decorations include a breast mark and Standard of The President of Kazakhstan. According to a post The President of Kazakhstan granted cavalierity of the order of the "Gold Eagle" («Алтын Кыран»(«Золотой Орёл»)).

The President in the Constitution

Item 5 of Article 42 of the constitution determines that none can be elected president more than two terms in a row, but it also states that "The present restriction shall not extend on the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan." [3]

Article 46 says that the President's "honor and dignity shall be inviolable" and that his expenses shall be paid by the state. Item 4 of the article outlines the special status and authority of the first president, and refers to a special constitutional act for definitions.[4] According to this act, the first president possesses total, absolute and termless inviolability for all actions he performs during his being on a post. And till the death he sustains the government official. He also keeps ability to speak to people of Kazakhstan, keeps guards, communication, transport, state support of his activity, and official apartment and summer residence became his property with official maintenance. There is also pointed medical care, sanatorium, provision of pensions and insurance.

On April 26, 2015 Nursultan Nazarbayev was re-elected for his 5th presidency.[5] The official ceremony of the inauguration took place at the Palace of Independence in Astana on April 29.[5] At the inauguration ceremony the re-elected president ensured the nation that he would continue the 5 institutional reforms that he had offered earlier, which would contribute to the consistent growth and development of the country.[5]

Latest election

Prior to the 2011 election, President Nazarbayev wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled "Kazakhstan’s steady progress toward democracy".[6]

Kazakhstan's 5th presidential election was held on April 26, 2015.[7] Nursultan Nazarbayev was re-elected with 97.7% of the vote.[8] 858 observers from 19 countries were present at the polling stations during the election.[8]

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other international monitors criticised the election as unfair, with issues noted including the closure of media outlets critical of the government and the jailing of opposition activists.[9] OSCE spokesperson Cornelia Jonker criticised the lack of a "genuine choice" for voters and also argued that there were "significant restrictions to the freedom of expression."[10]

Presidents of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1990–present)

The first column consecutively numbers the individuals who have served as president, while the second column consecutively numbers the Presidential terms or administrations.

Name Portrait Elected Term of office Political party
1 Nursultan Nazarbayev
Нұрсұлтан Назарбаев
24 April 1990 1 December 1991 Communist Party of Kazakhstan
1 December 1991 14 December 1991
(1) 14 December 1991 20 January 1999 Independent
20 January 1999 1 March 1999
(1) 1 March 1999 11 January 2006 Otan
11 January 2006 1 December 2006
(1) 1 December 2006 8 April 2011 Nur Otan
8 April 2011 29 April 2015
29 April 2015 Incumbent

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