Kazakh nationals vote on constitutional change

(Photo: Jordan News Agency, Jordan)

AMMAN — Kazakh nationals living in Jordan headed to a polling station at their country’s embassy Sunday to cast their ballots in a general referendum to pass broad constitutional amendments, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Baurzhan Abiyev, a Kazakh Embassy counsel, expressed gratitude to Jordanian authorities for helping facilitate access to the embassy.

Abiyev said the reforms envisage reducing the president’s executive powers, transferring them to parliament, and making the legislative body more representative of the country’s 19 million people. The changes also include replacing the proportional voting system with a mixed-proportional majority system.

According to the Kazakh diplomat, the amendments also propose giving local and regional governments more powers and strengthening mechanisms to protect human rights.

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