Kazakhstan – Constitution not amended

In a previous post, I reported that there was likely to be a constitutional amendment in Kazakhstan.

RFE/RL reported that President Nursultan Nazarbayev was going to be known as the “leader of the nation” and that he would with lifetime immunity from investigation or prosecution.

At the time, the reform seemed to have been passed very quickly. However, I have just come across a subsequent report suggesting that President Nazarbayev did not sign the reform and that the constitutional amendment was never enacted. The report is available here.

The suggestion is that President Nazarbayev yielded to international pressure, given Kazakhstan was chairing the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2010.

So, the 1995 constitution as amended up to 2007 seems to be the current constitution. The text is available here.

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