The international community must make Nazarbayev answer to his pledges
Today, five days after the landslide victory in disputed Presidential elections, President Nursultan Nazarbayev was inaugurated at a ceremony in Astana. In the speech, he referred to congratulations received from world leaders, grateful to how these congratulations “mean a wholehearted support not only for the choice of the people of Kazakhstan, but also for our strategic course”.
Further, Nazarbayev made the official oath of office: “I swear to faithfully serve the people of Kazakhstan, strictly observe the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, guarantee the rights and freedoms of citizens, conscientiously fulfil the entrusted to me high duties of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
- The International community must not let Nazarbayev continue making statements without holding him accountable for lacking implementation. With this new period, international leaders should make a new effort to this end, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.