I do not know another person to head Kazakhstan today and be warrant of peace and successful progression: Igor Verbitski

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MKENT. December 29. KAZINFORM /Tatyana Pylayeva/ Community of South Kazakhstan hotly debates the idea of holding a referendum to extend the power of First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The idea was supported by the whole community including the creative intelligentsia.

Director of the Russian Drama Theatre of South Kazakhstan region Igor Verbitski shared his view with a Kazinform correspondent.

Mr. Verbitski, what was your first reaction when you herd about the referendum?

I have to say that I am 100% for the idea to reelect President Nursultan Nazarbayev. I am not dissembling. I fully support the idea of extending the power of our President till 2020. First of all, I don't see an alternative. I don't see another person who could head our state today and be a warrant of peace, accord, friendship and successful progression. Judging by the acts of our President I believe he has a lot of plans. And I think we should give him an opportunity to realize them for the benefit of our country.

You have been in Ust-Kamenogorsk at the session of the initiative group that suggested this idea. What can you say about the session?

I liked a speech by Olzhas Suleimenov whom I respect and admire. He said: "If we start presidential race now we will spend much of our time and money for it. Nevertheless, finally, we will elect Nursultan Nazarbayev". I fully agree with him.

There are many arguments like that. I believe our President. I want everything he has done, does and will do comes true.

Your theatre is a Russian drama one. However the staff and the repertoire of the theatre are international. Is the N.Nazarbayev's idea of rapprochement of nations and countries close to you?

Yes, it is. I am grateful to the President for our great common home. The People's Assembly of Kazakhstan is a unique idea implemented by him. Let us take the OSCE Summit in Astana. Skeptics may say whatever they want. But we need summits, congresses of religious confessions that take place in Astana to promote the image of our country. This is not an easy task to bring together representatives of all religions. The whole world can see that Kazakhstan is a civilized, secular state. I support the policy of the President. I don't see an alternative yet. I support the idea of extending the power of President N.Nazarbayev.

Thank you for the interview.

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