ADILET EX-LEADER DOES NOT RULE OUT A MERGER WITH NUR OTAN
Almaty. May 14. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The former chairman of the Adilet party Maksut Narikbayev accepts a possibility of a more close cooperation with the ruling party, Nur Otan.
"If Nur Otan sticks to the course of a presidential-parliamentary republic, strengthening of the parliament, increasing government responsibility and further development of judicial independence and democracy, which is a quite feasible scenario, our parties may get closer," Narikbayev said to Megapolis on Monday.
He noted that the positions of Adielt and Nur Otan have a lot in common.
"Both our parties, as a coalition, supported the candidacy of the leader of the nation at the presidential election and steered its course towards modernization and development of the country," said Narikbaev.
He added that Adilet takes a more critical stance "towards the government and implementation of the president's strategic course."
"I think our ideas are shared by more democratically-minded Nur Otan members, since no party can be absolutely like-minded," said Narikbaev.
As reported, in mid March Maksut Narikbayev, the chairman of the Adilet Party, which represents a constructive opposition, officially asked to relieve him of the duties in order to give the way to the younger generation.
There are about 10 political parties in Kazakhstan and half of them are in opposition.
The population of the republic tops 16.7 million people.