Descent Into Farce

by Nathan Hamm on 3/28/2005 · 1 comment

Two Presidents & Two Parliaments

“Today we have two presidents … in some areas three or four governors and up to six regional leaders in the provinces,” the agency quoted the speaker of the new parliament as saying on Monday.

“We need to stop the disintegration of authority which is threatening the integrity of state,” Omurbek Tekebayev told journalists, adding that Akayev still remained the legal head of state.

Tekebayev told deputies that parliament’s first task would be to confirm Bakiyev as prime minister. He said nothing about Bakiyev’s appointment by the old parliament as acting president, but described its decision to name June 26 for new presidential elections as illegal.

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