20 Dec 2019 13:25

Kazakhstan needs parliamentary opposition institution - president

NUR-SULTAN. Dec 20 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan should define the rights of the parliamentary political minority in a law, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.

"We need an institution of parliamentary opposition. This is a new public paradigm: there is need for alternative views and opinions, which we should take into account. In this context, we should legislate on the issues pertaining to parliamentary political minorities," Tokayev said at a meeting of the President's National Council of Public Confidence on Friday.

"For instance, representatives of other parties should have a chance to chair parliamentary committees. In order to do that, we will be promoting the alternative principle in the legislative authorities," he said.

The president called for elaborating relevant legislative amendments.