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Recent Political Developments in Kazakhstan

18 February 2011 - 10:00 to 11:30

Chatham House, London


Yermukhamet Yertysbayev, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan



On 14 January, Kazakhstan's parliament voted in favour of holding a referendum to extend the rule of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to 2020, cancelling the next two elections. On 31 January, Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council ruled against the referendum, finding it unconstitutional. Within hours, the President renounced the proposed referendum, instead proposing a pre-term election during the first half of this year. Mr Yertysbayev, an adviser to President Nazarbayev, will discuss these recent events, and likely future developments.

Yermukhamet Yertysbayev was appointed Adviser to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2008, a position he also held 2002-2006 and 1995-1998. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Minister of Culture, Information and Sport. From 1998 to 2000 he was Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Attendance is by invitation only.