A meeting of the Senate of the Parliament was held with the participation of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Chairman of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev announced the agenda of the meeting and put it to a vote.
The head of state in his speech noted that the priority task is to maintain stability and security in the country, open the way for the dynamic development of Kazakhstan to a brighter future. He stressed that the reforms launched in all spheres of the state's life will be continued next year.
"This year, the country has gone through a strong test. But we were able to overcome all difficulties. Systemic reforms have been launched in all sectors and areas. The political transformations that began in 2019 have continued this year at a new pace. The scale of ongoing reforms has significantly expanded. For us, it is extremely it is important that all these transformations take place through a national dialogue. In this regard, the role of the Parliament is also growing. As the head of state, I attach particular importance to the upcoming parliamentary elections. Of course, these elections must be held honestly and transparently in accordance with the law," the President said.
The head of state stressed that the opportunities for citizens to participate in public administration are gradually growing. In addition, due to the Constitutional reform, a number of transformations were carried out in the country.
All these key amendments and changes have been made to the Constitution. A nationwide referendum and presidential elections were held. The people of Kazakhstan supported and voted for the reforms," Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
The head of state stressed that the sphere of human rights protection is in the focus of his special attention. He said that significant progress has been made in this direction in recent years.
"A lifelong moratorium on the death penalty has been introduced. Citizens who have committed domestic violence will be subject to more severe punishment. Judicial reform is underway, where the main focus is on the rule of law, the independence and fairness of judges. Once again, ensuring justice and the rule of law is an obligation This is what society expects from us. Therefore, this year we continued to work on improving the mechanisms for protecting human rights. The Commissioner for Human Rights was provided with constitutional guarantees and immunity. The law enforcement competence of the Prosecutor General was strengthened. An important step was the creation of the Constitutional Court. This body will begin its work from the new year 2023 and will ensure strict and unswerving observance of the norms of the Constitution.that the activities of the Constitutional Court will make a huge contribution to the protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens," the head of state stressed.
According to the President, this step provides our citizens with a new opportunity to protect their rights and freedoms. This model of the Constitutional Court exists in most developed countries of the world and allows establishing the supremacy of the Constitution.
"It is also important that the Prosecutor General and the Commissioner for Human Rights, who often deal with citizens' complaints about violations of constitutional rights, will be able to apply to the Constitutional Court. In November, the Parliament adopted the Constitutional Law "On the Constitutional Court", which regulates the procedure for its activities and defines the principles constitutional proceedings," Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
The President stressed that in the formation of the personnel of the court, continuity must be observed, and the chairman of the Constitutional Court has a special duty. In this regard, he proposed the candidacy of Elvira Azimova for this responsible position.
"Elvira Abilkhasimovna is an experienced, qualified specialist. She knows very well legislative work, the field of international law, she has worked in the Ministry of Justice for more than 20 years. She has gone from an ordinary specialist to a vice minister. Since 2019 she has been working as a commissioner for human rights. I ask you release Azimova Elvira Abilkhasimovna from the post of Commissioner for Human Rights and give consent to the appointment to the post of Chairman of the Constitutional Court," the head of state said.
The deputies of the Senate, following the results of an open vote, unanimously supported the candidacy of Elvira Azimova.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also proposed the candidacy of Artur Ermekovich Lastaev for the position of Commissioner for Human Rights. The deputies of the Senate supported the candidacy of Artur Lastaev.
By the Kazakhstanskaya Pravda