Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart announced that he had dissolved one of the houses of parliament this week, with new elections to be held in two months. Tokayev had previously said that he would dissolve parliament after cementing his power in a snap presidential election last November.
Tokayev claims he’s looking to modernize the country’s political system, but analysts have said his dissolution of parliament follows an authoritarian playbook, Al Jazeera reports.
Kazakhstan also made waves this week with a round of visa restrictions that is expected to make it more difficult for Russians to stay in the country. The new rules will prevent citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union, which includes Russia, from staying in Kazakhstan more than 90 days in a 180-day period. Kazakhstan had become a popular destination for Russians fleeing last September’s partial military mobilization.