On May 13, 2010, the upper house of the Kazakhstan Parliament passed a constitutional amendment granting significant additional powers to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The lower house of Parliament had approved the amendment the day before. The amendment would have extended significant additional benefits to Nazarbayev, including being named "leader of the nation," granting immunity from investigation or prosecution for life and assuring that his property and holdings could not be confiscated for any reason. Facing intense scrutiny both in Kazakhstan and abroad, on June 4, 2010, Nazurbayev declined to sign the amendment into law.
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