Practically 3 months following getting elected in a poll deemed fair and democratic by the international neighborhood, Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev announced on two September that he plans to set in motion a series of reforms that will assistance guide the Central Asian power giant’s political trajectory more than subsequent a number of years.

“We have the chance to attain a qualitatively new level of improvement even though preserving the continuity of the courses of the Nazarbayev Model,” Tokayev mentioned in the course of a joint meeting of Kazakhstan’s two chambers on parliament.

Tokayev’s reference to the ‘Nazarbayev Model’ was a direct nod to his predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose 30 years at the helm of the nation stretched from the late Soviet period of Mikhail Gorbachev‘s perestroika and glasnost till earlier this year when elections had been announced.

The model that Tokayev had in thoughts was the series of financial plans that had been place in location in Kazakhstan following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Regardless of getting to handle the complications of creating an independent Kazakhstan — which had no pre-Soviet history of statehood — Nazarbayev constructed a functioning industry economy that saw Kazakhstan amass €135 billion of direct foreign investment by 2017 — one particular-third the level of neighbouring Russia, whose economy is nine occasions the size of Kazakhstan’s.

Gross domestic output per capita exceeds 90% of Russia’s, from significantly less than 30% when the Soviet Union dissolved.

“We will carry out political reforms…Our basic principle of thriving financial reforms is not possible with no a modernisation of the socio-political life of the nation. A robust president, an influential parliament, and an accountable government are the objectives we ought to move towards,” mentioned Tokayev.

In his speech, Tokayev also instructed the country’ law enforcement and justice ministries to do a lot more to crack down on drug dealers, paedophiles, and any person located guilty of committing acts of sexual and domestic violence.

Tokayev was officially elected on 9 June following winning 70.96% of the vote.