Kazakhstan's controversial Muslim Union and Muslim Committee on Humans Rights in Central Asia have proposed to set an age limit for the country’s future presidents to 80 years and put to death any ruler who tries to keep the reins beyond that age, Central Asian News reports.
"In order to prevent the threat of life-long stay in presidential office by the second and third presidents, the Union of Muslims of Kazakhstan and Muslim Committee for Human Rights in Central Asia propose to limit life period for the head of state," the Muslim Union said.
"According to the studies, the age of 80 is critical for a man. A rapid personality degradation starts upon attainment of this age. A person above 80 is unable to rule the country. Unfortunately, history has many examples when statesmen brought the society to chaos due to their anility," the statement of the Muslim Union reads.
The activists suggested that the constitution be amended to stipulate for the 80-years age limit that now starts at 40, but has no "closing bracket."
"If the President attempts to rule the country after turning 80 years old, he must be sentenced to death whatever his stance on that," the press release said on Tuesday.
The news agency said the draft law will concern future presidents, exempting the current leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, aged 72, who has been at the helm of Kazakhstan for over two decades.
It is worth noting that the Kazakh Muslim Union has a history of legislative news-making, having come up with a flurry of draft laws including tenders for the right to wed "prestigious brides," as well as initiatives to buy a mail-order sports minister and to stage a post-mortem trial over Hitler.