Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to allow parliament elections after riots

Kazakhstan Illusory Stability

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, a Kazakh riot police officer patrols in center of Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan. Switch on the evening news on state television in Kazakhstan and it almost always opens with an item somehow testifying to the nation's stability and economic prowess. So the shock was palpable when a recent edition began with President Nursultan Nazarbayev announcing a state of emergency in a town rocked by deadly clashes between demonstrators and police. (AP Photo, File)

Kazakhstan Illusory Stability

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, residents walk past a burnt UzenMunaiGas office in Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan. Switch on the evening news on state television in Kazakhstan and it almost always opens with an item somehow testifying to the nation's stability and economic prowess. So the shock was palpable when a recent edition began with President Nursultan Nazarbayev announcing a state of emergency in a town rocked by deadly clashes between demonstrators and police. (AP Photo, File)



According to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s website, Nazarbayev will allow parliament elections to be took place in the oil town of Zhanaozen after a state of emergency was declared following riots last month.




Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council ruled against holding elections in Zhanaozen, Igor Rogov, the head of the council, told reporters on January 6 in Astana, the capital. The riots on December 16 left 16 dead and at least 100 wounded.




Kazakhstan, is officially a presidential republic and that moreover, Nursultan Nazarbayev is the first and only president at present.