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Executive

The president determines the main directions of domestic and foreign policy of the state and represents the country in international relations. The prime minister supervises and organizes the basic government.

The president is elected by plurality vote. The prime minister is appointed by the president with the approval of parliament.

President: 5 years; Prime Minister: at discretion of president

Judicial

The supreme court serves as the highest of three levels of courts (regional appeal, city, and district courts). The constitutional court judges upon the constitutionality of laws.

The supreme judicial council recommends nominee judges to the president. The president then submits nominees to the senate for a vote of confirmation.

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Legislative

Parliament is divided into the Mazhilis and the senate. Together they adopt laws, discuss budget, ratify and denounce international treaties of the republic, issue acts of amnesty to citizens, and establish the procedure for resolving issues of the administrative-territorial division of the country.

The senate has 15 members who are appointed by the president and another 32 members who are indirectly elected by regional legislatures. The Mazhilis has 98 members who are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system and another 9 members who are selected for minorities.

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