Kazakhstanis gave preference to the party that performs a crucial mobilization function - Kairat Mami
ASTANA. January 25. KAZINFORM /Muratbek Makulbekov/ Following the results of the elections to the Majilis, a multi-party Parliament was formed in Kazakhstan. As President Nursultan Nazarbayev outlined in his speeches, it became an important step toward modernization of the political system of Kazakhstan.
In an interview with Kazinform Chairman of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament Kairat Mami tells, how the political atmosphere will change in the Kazakh society and how the multi-party Parliament will influence quality of the legislation process in our country.
Mr. Mami, the Head of State named a victory of Nur Otan People's Democratic Party at the parliamentary elections a victory of the whole people. How do you estimate significance of this event?
Election of the multi-party Parliament, being a continuation of the political reform of 2007, became an important step on the way to further democratization of the society. As you know, the elections to the Majilis were held ahead of schedule. Forming the multi-party Parliament, we strengthened the system of popular representation and created conditions for further development of public relations.
As we see, the society demonstrated its preferences, electing three parties to the Majilis. The people voted for political formations, which have a history and authority. The fact that Nur Otan Party received the largest number of seats in the Lower House shows the people's trust in this party, Kazakhstanis' confidence in its opportunities and responsibility for implementation of election promises.
The role of the leadership factor is great in the victory of Nur Otan Party at the elections. The whole history of development and strengthening of our independence shows that the reason of the country's success is a strong leader. The people of Kazakhstan voted for the program of the Party, which is headed by our President. The people chose stability, unity, peace and welfare of the society.
I will say in this regard that Nur Otan all the years of its existence carried out the major mobilizing function. This is important amid possible second wave of crisis. Nur Otan took an active part in the anti-crisis strategy, which is recognized as the most successful in the CIS.
The Party's platform called "Goals 2017" emphasizes the further implementation of the integration initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Customs Union, Single Economic Space, Eurasian Economic Union will provide, above all, a significant improvement of living standards of ordinary citizens. Through integration we become stronger in the face of challenges of a globalizing world.
What will a new multi-party parliament bring to the life of society? What are your expectations from the presence of the three parties in the supreme legislative body?
The presence of multi-party Majilis define a new system of Parliament and public relations. This expands the space of public dialogue and, consequently, increases the opportunities of society to influence the political processes in the country. By and large, there was made a cardinal revision of the role and place of the Parliament - and the legislature as a whole - in the system of governance. And here it must be said about the coherence and effectiveness of the interaction of parties elected to the Majilis. Of course, the presence of three parties will bring an element of competition. And that, ultimately, will positively affect the quality of the legislative process.
We see the strengthening of authority of the supreme representative body, not only its role, but the responsibility for the implementation of domestic and foreign policy. Here I would like to stress the need for a more harmonious interaction between the legislative and executive branches. The success of further political modernization depends on it as well. In this regard let me emphasize that the role of Parliament is determined by its productivity in the legislative activities in the interests of the people, every single citizen. Parliament is responsible for implementing strategic development plans. First of all, this is the progress in innovation and industrial sphere, realization of the anti-crisis measures, maintaining stable interethnic and interreligious harmony.
At the opening of the first session of the Kazakh Parliament of the 5th convocation the President among other tasks outlined further development of interparliamentary relations. Do you consider this line of work successful?
Of course, in the dynamic development of bilateral relations, deepening integration into world economic relations, the role of inter-parliamentary cooperation is steadily increasing. The Senate actively cooperates with all competent international parliamentary organizations, dynamically develops links with national parliaments. The Senate formed 58 groups of cooperation with international parliamentary organizations and in the format of bilateral relations.
An important part of cooperation with Parliaments of the world is to participate in missions on election monitoring. Our colleagues are involved in campaigns to monitor the presidential and parliamentary elections in many countries around the world. Meetings with heads of parliamentary delegations from the CIS, Council of Europe, European Parliament, the OSCE and other organizations were held during the recent parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.
As for the international inter-parliamentary activities, it is planned to hold an anniversary meeting of the Council of CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in March in Almaty. Another major event, which will be held by the Senate in May of this year in Astana will be the IV Congress of World and Traditional Religions' Leaders.
In other words, the Senate is actively involved in the process of further strengthening of parliamentary dialogue. Today, as we see, parliamentary diplomacy plays an important role in ensuring a climate of trust and mutual understanding between peoples and countries. It also has a beneficial effect on international policy.
Thank you for the interview.