NEW YORK, April 29, 2019 - Kairat Umarov, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York, briefed journalists from leading international media outlets on the preparations for the upcoming presidential elections in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Umarov noted the historical significance of Nursultan Nazarbayev's decision to resign, both for Kazakhstan and the entire region.
“As Nursultan Nazarbayev stated, it was a difficult decision, but necessary for a smooth and peaceful transition of power to a new generation of leaders to ensure the further stable development of Kazakhstan. This happened in full accordance with the Constitution,” stressed the Ambassador. He also added that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, assuming the post of the President, announced early elections to remove uncertainty and to confirm the continuity of domestic and foreign policy. This was especially important to address the strategic tasks of the country's socio-economic development.
Ambassador Umarov informed that the nomination of presidential candidates ended on April 28. Overall, eight political parties and public associations submitted the necessary documents to the Central Election Commission.
The election will take place on June 9. Citizens of Kazakhstan residing in New York can vote at a polling station at the Consulate General of Kazakhstan.
Talking to the journalists, Mr. Umarov also highlighted the main results of the 12th International Meeting on Syria in the framework of the Astana process, and reported on the relocation of the UN agencies in Almaty to a new UN building. In this new space, Kazakhstan intends to create an inter-regional center for the United Nations on modeling the Sustainable Development Goals for the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan. This initiative is in line with the reform of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to strengthen the development system of the Organization.
In addition, Mr. Umarov informed foreign journalists about preparations for the 5th International Peacekeeping Symposium of the UN in Nur-Sultan on May 27-31, which will be held in Central Asia for the first time. The Symposium, titled “Technology in Peacekeeping”, will be attended by heads of defense departments from the UN member states and the UN Under-Secretary-General Atul Khare.
The meeting with the Ambassador was attended by the UN-accredited journalists of news agencies, newspapers and television channels: Reuters (United Kingdom), The Associated Press (USA), Agence France-Presse (France), The Huffington Post (USA), Anadolu (Turkey), RIA Novosti (Russia), TASS (Russia), American Television (USA), Asharq Al-Awsat (Arab International Newspaper), The Astana Times (Kazakhstan), Nam News Network (Malaysia).
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