I will later decide my participation in the upcoming elections - Nursultan Nazarbayev

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - President Nursultan Nazarbayev has delivered an address on holding early presidential elections to the people of Kazakhstan, the press service of Akorda reported.

Dear people of Kazakhstan! The national coalition of democratic forces "Kazakhstan-2050" came out in support of holding early presidential elections. The coalition combines 6 political parties, 18 republican public associations, 500 regional NGOs. People's Assembly of Kazakhstan made an initiative to hold snap presidential elections in the country. I have received a lot of letters and telegrams from labor collectives, veterans, students, from people of all ages and professions. This indicates the increased political activity of our citizens and their genuine concern about the fate of the country. Many thanks to all of you. Dear compatriots! Four years passed since the previous presidential elections. It was not an easy time to open up new opportunities for Kazakhstan. We have achieved all the goals I talked about during the election campaign in 2011. We are implementing a long-term strategy Kazakhstan 2050 to become one of the 30 most developed countries of the world. At the present time in certain government programs I marked all the strategic issues of development taking into account global economic and geopolitical risks. Today, I have held consultations with the chairmen of the Senate and the Majilis of the Parliament, Prime Minister and chairman of the Constitutional Council of the Republic. Calendar dates of the presidential and parliamentary elections fall for 2016, and in fact are combined. The Constitution does not allow it. The term of my constitutional powers as head of state expires in 2016. There have been expressed two proposals. The first is to hold early presidential elections in the country. The second is to hold a referendum to extend the powers of the President. Both proposals are possible. The most appropriate decision, which accords the requirements of the Constitution, is to hold presidential elections. Therefore, I have decided, in accordance with the paragraph 3-1 of the Article 41 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I have signed a decree on setting snap presidential elections on 26 April 2015. For Kazakhstan the elections have always been the higher mechanism of unity and accord in society. I am convinced that it will be so now and always!

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