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Nursultan Nazarbayev: Rigid Vertical Of Power Is The Foundation Of Kazakhstan's Success

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 03:47

During the meeting with representatives of the Kazakh mass media, the President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev answered numerous questions, which touched upon the presidential power itself. According to the head of state, Kazakhstan was able to achieve success precisely due to the advantage in the form of strong presidential power, as well as the absence of political competition in the country. “We have taken full advantage of this. All the successes of our country, which we are now proud of, have been achieved only thanks to this. Of course, there were shortcomings, too,” he said, answering the question whether Kazakhstan could have benefited from the lack of political competition and the actual dominance of one political party.

 

The question on this topic was asked by chief editor of the site Esquire.kz Gulnar Bazhkenova. The meeting was also participated by journalists of the information agency Kazinform, television channels Kazakhstan, MIR and Khabar, as well as the newspaper Aikyn.

 

In the opinion of N. Nazarbayev, if there is political competition in Kazakhstan, “it will be not competition but a fight, since our country cannot boast of a decent political culture.” According to him, Kazakhstan's successes in implementation of the state programs are connected “with the rigid vertical of power, which forces the authorities to adopt programs, then to implement them, and then to show people the results.”

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev states he has not yet made a decision about whether or not he will put forward his candidacy for the presidency of Kazakhstan once again. According to him, he has been elected for the period until 2020; therefore, he still has time to reflect on this. The head of state added that his decision would depend on the people's confidence and “on the strength of the health of the working people.”

 

He also admitted that the president's work is very difficult, because he is constantly in tension, thoughts and reflections.



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