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GOVERNMENT FAILS TO EXECUTE PRESIDENT'S INSTRUCTIONS: None of the Government members or decision makers shouldered the responsibility to solve the problems raised by President Nazarbayev

2 November 2013 14:46
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GOVERNMENT FAILS TO EXECUTE PRESIDENT'S INSTRUCTIONS: None of the Government members or decision makers shouldered the responsibility to solve the problems raised by President Nazarbayev

ASTANA. November 2. KAZINFORM After the Kazakh Government's extended session on October 11, at which Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev harshly criticized the work of a number of ministries, agencies and the Cabinet on the whole, the public was expecting, first of all, that the ministers would admit their mistakes; secondly, that the Government would outline a new, more specific plan on how it is going to execute the President's instructions.

However, as it was rightfully mentioned by one of Kazakhstani independent experts Nurlan Yerimbetov, ‘none of the Government members, none of the decision makers, has shouldered the responsibility to solve those problems.'

The expert stresses that the keynote speech delivered by the Head of State at the abovementioned session, has demonstrated to public that President Nazarbayev is well aware of the situation both at the republican and local levels. Many problems that raise concern among the public are sometimes concealed by the members of the Government. These problems ‘lie on their tables unsolved.'

Another well-known expert Marat Bashimov pays attention to the underperformance of some government bodies in terms of fight against shadow economy. For instance, illicit oil trafficking still continues in Kazakhstan, despite the fact that the Financial Police is busy investigating all crimes in this field.

Mr. Bashimov also notes that the Government often executes the President's instructions in such a way, that the Head of State has to intervene. The expert provides an example of infamous bill on pension provision in Kazakhstan. The Government planned to push the retirement age hike that sparked intense stir among the public. The Kazakh President had to make special statement in order to set the public's opinion to rest and explain in details what the bill envisages and what it means for the people of Kazakhstan.

The question ‘what the Government is thinking?' is becoming more and more pressing at this point, especially after the government session on October 11 with the participation of the Head of State.


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