In Kazakhstan, the deputy who supported Putin and the war was expelled from the party

Deputy of the Mazhilis (lower house of parliament) Azamat Abildaev was expelled from the Kazakh party Ak Zhol for words about supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin and a “special operation” in Ukraine.

“I support the President of Russia. <...> You are talking about war, but in war you cannot avoid casualties. Not the whole world [осуждает Россию], and America imposes sanctions,” Abildaev said in an interview with Radio Azattyk. He also stressed that “Nazis” are in power in Ukraine, who repeatedly ignored Putin’s warnings before the start of the war.

After that, the Ak Zhol party issued an official statement on the expulsion of Abildaev from its ranks. “A decision was made to expel A. Abildaev from the Ak Zhol Democratic Party. In this regard, the party sent a letter to the CEC on the termination of the deputy mandate of Abildaev A.A.,” the party noted.

The deprivation of Abildaev’s mandate coincided with the dissolution of the Majilis by Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. Early elections of deputies of the Mazhilis are scheduled for March 19, 2023. According to the new rules, 70% of deputies will be elected from party lists, and 30% from single-member districts. Before the elections, the procedure for registering political parties was simplified, the “against all” column was introduced, and the bar for entering the Majilis was lowered from 7% to 5% of the vote.

At the end of last year, Tokayev called on Moscow and Kyiv for a peaceful settlement of the military conflict, calling Kazakhstan “a friend of both sides.” Prior to that, he assured that Kazakhstan would never recognize the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, which are “quasi-state territories.” He also promised to comply with all sanctions against Russia for the war in Ukraine.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kazakhstan increased its defense budget by 441 billion tenge (about $915 million), wrote The wall street Journal referring to a high-ranking official in the republic. According to him, Kazakhstan has learned a lesson from Russia’s war against Ukraine and is going to reform the army so that it is ready for a hybrid war.

“It’s one thing when they deal with the rest, they have Eastern Europe and Ukraine to spend their time oppressing them. Imagine if they don’t have Ukraine for that. Will we be next?” – explained the source of fear of Kazakhstan.


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