Round 1 to Kulov in Power Struggle

by Laurence on 3/28/2005

The Turkish Press reports:

Kyrgyzstan’s outgoing parliament agreed to cede power to a new assembly in a bid to resolve a crisis left by last week’s lightning revolution and the toppling of its Soviet-era regime.

“The decision was taken to defend stability and in the interest of the nation,” Ishenbai Kadyrbekov, the speaker of the outgoing chamber told reporters after the lower house made the decision in closed session.

You can find the official announcement on the website of Kabar.kg.
BTW, Dr. David Mikosz, in his recent IFES email update, does not approve of such a policy. He wrote:

More worrying, the new Central Election Commission and members of the new government seem to be saying that they will only recognize the authority of the parliament sworn in last Monday by the former President before he fled – remember, he had promised an investigation into irregularities and then immediately swore in the new Parliament. This Parliament was created by the former President in the referendum a few years ago that were widely regarded as being very fraudulent.

In my organizations’ opinion, this is a potentially grave mistake – in Georgia, the courts also annulled the Parliamentary election, this then allowed the old Parliament to take power until a new Presidential election. The new President then dissolved the Parliament and then had new Parliamentary elections. This model would seem to be the best for the Kyrgyz Republic. I realize I don’t express opinions that much – but please, I’d be happy to hear your thoughts on this. To give legitimacy to the Parliament that caused the protests seems to be a dangerous move.
In an ideal world, Presidential elections and another referendum (to bring back the old constitution) might be a good idea.

One open question is, will Kulov and Bakiev maintain some independence from American and Russian influence by playing outside powers off against each other ? This is pretty much what Karimov has done in Uzbekistan over the years, in order to demonstrate that he is nobody’s puppet. But displeasing either Russia or the USA carries some calculated risks.


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