Articles by Aida Haidar

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Kazakhstan Оffers the West Strategic Opportunity: Will It Seize It?

NUR-SULTAN – In today’s world marked by a geopolitical power shift, the collective West should see Kazakhstan as an opportunity. That was a cross-cutting theme of the conference at Brussels Press Club dedicated to the release of a new report titled Kazakhstan Offers the West a Strategic Opportunity authored by Dr. John C. Hulsman, a…

A Conversation with President Tokayev: Kazakh Leader Addresses Special Session at Qatar Economic Forum

NUR-SULTAN – “Even during the Cold War, the United Nations was much more united than now,” said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a special panel session titled “In Conversation” with President Tokayev at the Qatar Economic Forum on June 21.  In a candid Q&A session with Bloomberg’s co-anchor Manus Cranny, the Kazakh President gave comprehensive answers…

The Beauty of Mangystau in the Palm of Your Hand (Video)

NUR-SULTAN  – Nurken Tazhibay, a blogger from Aktau, shared a video with scenic destinations of the Mangystau Region on Instagram, reports Zakon.kz news website. In just one minute the video brings nine most marvelous touristic locations of the Mangystau Region. Among them are Karynzharyk valley, a desert steppe located between Mangystau peninsula and Ustyurt plateau,…

Outcome of Referendum Reinforces Kazakhstan’s Position Both in Region and in the World, Says SCO Secretary-General

NUR-SULTAN – The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) mission recognizes the referendum in Kazakhstan as open, transparent, and democratic, said SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming at a press briefing on June 6.  According to the preliminary results, 77.18 percent of citizens voted in favor of the Constitutional amendments. The overall turnout was more than 68 percent. The…

International Observers Recognize Outcome of Constitutional Referendum

NUR-SULTAN – On the day following Kazakhstan’s national referendum on the proposed Constitutional amendments, international observation mission heads and delegates shared their views on the voting procedure and citizen participation.  This year, the country’s Central Referendum Commission (CEC) accredited 272 foreign observers representing 25 countries and 11 international organizations. Among the international organizations are the…

International Observers Note High Voter Turnout as Vote on Constitutional Amendments Continues

NUR-SULTAN – International observers note a high turnout at the polling stations across Kazakhstan. Vice President of the International Turkic Academy Fuzuli Majidli says the turnout at the polling stations in Nur-Sultan is quite high.  As of 12 p.m. today, 43.7 percent of citizens eligible to vote participated in the referendum.  “The Central Election Commission…

Constitutional Referendum Witnesses Strong Political Engagement Among Young People

NUR-SULTAN – The national referendum on constitutional amendments displayed an impressive level of political engagement among young people, said Faizullo Barotzoda, the group coordinator of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). For many young people in Kazakhstan, this is the first referendum that they are eligible to participate in. The last…

Referendum Will Determine Trajectory for Kazakhstan’s Future, Says Kyrgyz Central Election Commission Member

NUR-SULTAN – As of 12.00 a.m., over 40 percent of Kazakh citizens received their ballots to vote. According to the member of Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission Abdyzhappar Bekmatov, the people of Kazakhstan realize the importance of this referendum, as it will determine the future trajectory of the country’s development. Bekmatov noted that Kazakhstan has done…

Businesses and Citizens Must Have Stable and Fair Rules, Says Chairperson of Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms

NUR-SULTAN – Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Agency of Strategic Planning and Reforms Aset Irgaliyev met with foreign media to discuss the upcoming national referendum and the economic policy of the New Kazakhstan platform.  This year marks the change in the paradigm of the country’s development. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has announced unprecedented political and economic…

Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission Wraps Up Preparation for Constitutional Referendum

NUR-SULTAN – The Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan announced that in the upcoming referendum approximately 12 million citizens are eligible to vote, with the Almaty Region having the highest number of eligible citizens, the commission told foreign journalists at the June 3 briefing. Kazakh citizens will be able to exercise their voting rights at more…