Three parties in new parliament
Deputies to the Majlis or lower house were sworn in on Friday, the first time that there have been three parties in the parliament.
Although the general election held last Sunday has been condemned as neither free nor fair by international observers, two smaller parties were able to cross the 7% threshold and secure seats in the new parliament.
The final tally of seats is Nur Otan, the president’s party, took 83 seats; Ak Zhol, a business friendly party took eight seats and the Communist Party took seven seats. There were nine deputies appointed by a presidential commission.
Karim Masimov was also confirmed as the Prime Minister for a further term. He has held the post since 2007 and this now makes him Kazakhstan’s longest serving prime minister.