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President of the Republic of the Kazakhstan Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not seen) attend a joint news conference at Prime Minister Office in Tokyo, Japan, on November 7, 2016. REUTERS/David Mareuil/Pool

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ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's parliament on Monday approved a package of amendments to the country's constitution to reduce presidential powers in favour of lawmakers and the cabinet.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev had already endorsed the proposed changes, and they will become law once he has signed the amendments which were passed by parliament in a second and final reading.

(Reporting by Raushan Nurshayeva; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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