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Senate Appoints Constitutional Council Member, Considers Draft Laws on Intelligence and Internal Affairs

A plenary meeting of the Senate was held on 13 March under the Chairmanship of Speaker of the House Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

According to the proposal of the Senate Chairman, the senators appointed Anar Zhailganova as a Member of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan. According to the Constitution, each House of the Parliament appoints two members to the Constitutional Council.

The Senate also passed a law on changes and additions to legislation relating to external intelligence. The law is to legislation regulating the activities of external intelligence entities. Changes were introduced to the laws on operational search actions, national security bodies, and external intelligence. The document contains norms specifying the entities of external intelligence and norms aimed at improving the interaction of external intelligence entities with the state bodies and other organizations.

Senators considered the Draft Law on Internal Affairs Bodies which aims at identifying the system, rights, and duties of internal affairs bodies ensuring legal guaranties to officers, and increasing the efficiency of their work. In accordance with the regulations the document was sent to Mazhilis with the senators' amendments.

The Senate approved the first reading of the accompanying draft law amending the legislation on the issues of activities of the internal affairs bodies. The purpose of the draft is to bring the legislation in line with the draft law on Internal Affairs Bodies currently under consideration in Parliament. The document envisages the introduction of changes and additions to three codes and ten laws.

During the meeting the senators read out their parliamentary inquiries to the Government.

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