Kazakhstan adopts controversial laws on presidency and deprivation of citizenship
12 July 2017
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan (Photo credit: Government of Kazakhstan / Flickr)
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 11 signed a law that bars people without previous government experience from running for the country’s president. Also on July 11, President Nazarbayev signed into law a controversial bill that would enable the authorities to annul the citizenship of people convicted of certain crimes related to terrorism and state security. Critics say the legislation might be used against many opposition politicians, some of whom have been living in self-imposed exile abroad, as the definition of "vitally important interests of Kazakhstan" is vague.
Read the full article here: The Times of Central Asia