The Central Asian state of Kazakhstan might hold an early parliamentary election next year to let opposition into the legislature, a political adviser to President Nursultan Nazarbayev told Reuters on Thursday.
Kazakhstan is due to chair the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010. The OSCE has criticised last year's parliamentary poll, in which Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party won all seats, as not meeting its standards.
"I think the OSCE chairmanship is the key factor justifying the need for an early parliamentary election," presidential adviser Yermukhamet Yertysbayev said. "We need to have the full range of political parties in the legislature."
The next scheduled parliamentary election is in 2012.
Yertysbayev also said Kazakhstan could lower its 7 percent threshold required for parties to qualify for seats in the Mazhilis, the lower chamber, to 4 percent.
"I think this would allow two or maybe even three parties to be represented in the Mazhilis," he said.
Kazakhstan's fragmented opposition has denounced the results of last year's parliamentary election as "absurd".
The next scheduled parliamentary election falls in the same year that Nazarbayev's presidential term expires. Yertysbayev said he expected the veteran leader to run in the 2012 presidential election and win.
"The opposition will not be able to unite by 2012," he said.
Nazarbayev, 67, has run the resource-rich ex-Soviet country since 1989, first as a Communist boss and then as president. Last year parliament changed the constitution to allow him to run for an unlimited number of terms.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2008, 08:30