07ASTANA168, KAZAKHSTAN GETS NEW ELECTION BOSS

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07ASTANA168 2007-01-19 10:04 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO5347
RR RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #0168 0191004
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 191004Z JAN 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8214
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 000168 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PINR KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN GETS NEW ELECTION BOSS 
 
 
1. Summary: On January 17, the Mazhilis (lower house of parliament) 
selected Kuandyk Turgankulov as the new chairman of the Central 
Electoral Commission (CEC), Vladimir Foos as the new deputy 
chairman, and Bakhyt Meldeshov as the new secretary.  All of the 
appointees currently serve on the CEC, and their promotions do not 
appear to carry any significant political implications.  The 
outgoing chairman of the CEC, Onalsyn Zhumabekov, was appointed 
deputy head of the presidential administration by President 
Nazarbayev, also on January 17. End summary. 
 
2. In response to a proposal by President Nazarbayev, the Mazhilis 
on January 17 selected Kuandyk Turgankulov as the new chairman of 
the CEC, Vladimir Foos as the new deputy chairman, and Bakhyt 
Meldeshov as the new secretary.  Pursuant to the Kazakhstani 
Constitution, the Mazhilis dismisses and selects the chairman and 
other members of the CEC based on the president's recommendation. 
 
3. Turgankulov was promoted from his post as deputy chairman, Foos 
from his post as secretary, and Meldeshov from his post as a member 
of the CEC.  All three appointees have served on the CEC for several 
years.  The reshuffling was made possible by President Nazarbayev's 
January 17 decision to appoint chairman Onalsyn Zhumabekov as deputy 
head of the Presidential Administration.  Zhumabekov, an attorney 
and the former Minister of Justice, will be responsible for law 
enforcement and legal reform issues in the presidential 
administration. 
 
 
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COMMENT 
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4. Comment: The new appointments are not likely to result in any 
significant changes in the direction of the CEC, as all of the new 
appointees are long-standing and experienced members of the CEC. 
End comment. 
 
MILAS

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