3 Jun 2010 22:13

Kazakhstan parliament to hold emergency sessions on Friday

ASTANA. June 3 (Interfax) - Both houses of Kazakhstan's parliament are due to hold emergency sessions on Friday but neither has disclosed the agendas for them.

On Thursday evening, the press service of the Majilis, the lower house, invited key media groups to cover the Majilis session without revealing its agenda. The service declined to answer a question from Interfax what the Majilis would discuss, merely saying the meeting would not be a plenary session.

The Senate, the upper house, will, however, hold a plenary session.

Analysts have made various surmises about the agendas.

One of them was that the legislature planned to try to overrule a veto President Nursultan Nazarbayev put on Thursday evening on draft laws to vest him with extra powers and give him a "leader of the nation" status. Another was that parliament planned to dissolve itself.

An informed source, in an interview with Interfax, questioned both theories and said the likeliest purpose of the sessions was to familiarize lawmakers with an address by Nazarbayev to the nation in which he explains why he has vetoed the bills.

Nazarbayev has been president of Kazakhstan ever since the country became independent.