KazakhstanUNSC.com – a multilingual website dedicated to Kazakhstan’s bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the years 2017/18 – is pleased to present the seventh in a series Occasional Papers exploring the different aspects of Kazakhstan and its UNSC bid, entitled “Political Development in Kazakhstan”.
Kazakhstan’s journey since independence is illustrative of the prime importance of consistent political development. Since 1991, Kazakhstan’s GDP has increased more than 16-fold, fuelled by foreign direct investment. This rapid economic development has propelled political reform, and the country’s internal political stability has enabled Kazakhstan to maintain strong and expanding strategic partnerships with Russia, the USA, China, European powers, the EU and many others.
This paper reviews the political system in place in Kazakhstan, the Constitution and the separation of powers, and the role of the opposition. It concludes by summarising the vision set out in the national strategy “Kazakhstan 2050” and how the Government sees Kazakhstan’s political system developing in coming decades.
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