A round table was held at the Embassy of Kazakhstan today in Moscow on the results of the elections to the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the participation of the deputies of the State Duma, famous Russian scientists, experts and political scientists.
While opening the meeting the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Russia Ermek Kosherbayev told about the peculiarities of the election process. In particular, for the first time since 2004 the Parliament will be partially formed based on the first-past-the-post system. He emphasized that the last elections are an important element of the great changes in the country when unprecedented in scale transformations in the state and public life have been carried out in less than a year. According to his estimation, according to the results of the elections, the citizens of Kazakhstan will see an absolutely new Parliament that will really become an inclusive representative body of power, where there will be lively discussions and debates.
Anton Tkachev, a deputy of the State Duma and member of the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology, and Communications, drew attention to the high results of the Respublica party, whose political platform is largely similar to his Novye Lyudi (New People) party. "Young people come to parliament, though with critical thinking, but also with a proposal. I am sure that young courage should lead to useful solutions," the deputy stressed. He also expressed hope for the further activation of the Kazakh-Russian inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Kamila Baidildina, a Russian art historian, manager in the field of culture, supported the parliamentarian. In her opinion, the success of Respublica party indicates the wish of the citizens for changes, and that the elected deputies will be followed by new progressive actions.
The success of another party, Auyl, was addressed by Alexandra Perminova, a researcher at the Center for World Politics and Strategic Analysis at the Institute of China and Modern Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences. "The role of Auyl as a party on the ground is an indicator that regional politics is gaining new importance for Kazakhstan," the expert noted. In this regard, she expects the growth of inter-regional cooperation and industrial cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, which got a new impetus with the opening of borders in the post-pandemic period.
The topic was continued by the professor of the Liventsev Department of International Economic Relations and Foreign Economic Relations, MGIMO MFA RF Igor Filkevich. According to him, the elections to Mazhilis show that a rather interesting group of parties has been formed in Kazakhstan, which will carry out transformations in the country in the coming years. The scientist expressed hope that the elected deputies will make efforts for further successful development of Kazakhstan, its allied and partnership relations with Russia.
The veteran of diplomatic service, former deputy head of the Central Election Committee Vladimir Grachev congratulated Kazakhstanis with the successful holding of elections and also called the fact of new faces in Mazhilis positive. He said that with their arrival Kazakh-Russian relations may reach an even higher level.
Darya Chizhova, Director of the Information and Analytical Center for the Study of Social and Political Processes in the Former Soviet Union, considered the elections to be the final chord of the almost year-long electoral cycle. "The campaign itself was very interesting. All the participants were given a platform. Thanks to the return of the first-past-the-post system, we saw a wide range of diverse, often polarized opinions," she noted.
Kirill Petrov, Head of the analytical department of the Minchenko Consulting Communications Holding company, agreed with her. "There are more parties. The representation of political views has expanded. In this sense, we can say that according to the results of the campaign, Kazakhstan has reached sovereign pluralism," said the expert.
Summarizing the results of the roundtable, its participants noted that the new mandate of the people's trust will allow the Mazhilis to continue large-scale political and socio-economic reforms. Their main objectives will be further democratization of the country, building an economy based on a balance of interests and welfare of citizens, business, government and efficient use of the country's resources, solving social issues, improving living standards.