Larry Tweed from Kyrgzystan

by Laurence on 3/31/2005 · 4 comments

Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan:”Nothing like a little coup to make your spring break interesting…”

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Larry Tweed March 31, 2005 at 11:42 pm

Actually, this quote is from Sean Brown–one of my K12 compatriots located two hours northwest of Osh, in Jalalabad. Just wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Has anyone seen a decent justification for why the new parliament (the primary impetus for the opposition protests) will remain in power? Apparently, Bakiev (in a television address) two nights ago said to ask the Central Elections Commission and the Supreme Court. Is Anyone, beside the old Parliament challenging this?

Originally, the opposition said that they would retain the old parliament until after presidential elections and then hold parliamentary elections. Now that Bakiev emerged as the head of this new political beast, it appears he enjoys the New Parliament (remember this parliament is not only new in name–but in structure–the old Parliament contained 30 additional deputies and decentralized power all the more).

Let me know if you’ve found any information justifying Bakiev’s action (perhaps, I’m assuming too much in stating that these are Bakiev’s actions)–I’m very curious…

Laurence April 1, 2005 at 9:19 am

Nathan, do you know? This sort of fits your original “stalemate” theory…

Nathan April 1, 2005 at 10:42 am

I’m not sure, but Bakiyev and the new speaker (Tekebayev? I’m having a hard time remembering all the names) seem to have settled in quite nicely. I saw a story yesterday where Bakiyev said the election for president would be in October as originally planned.

Now, if I understand it right (and I certainly could be wrong…), the reason he’s president at all had to do with his position in the old parliament. Perfectly understandable why he wouldn’t want the new one to come to office then… Well, after the standoff between the two parliaments, it seems his position was guaranteed and he’s willing to keep the presidency as long as possible – partially because he’s trying to maintain some semblance of constitutionality maybe? I also think he wants Akayev out because he knows his position is tenuous and he must consolidate power. The “we can’t guarantee his safety” talk could very well be a borderline threat.

This just underlines that if you’re going to have a revolution, you should have a complete revolution. But, Akayev’s fall and the opposition’s seizure of power were fairly unplanned, so this doesn’t surprise me. I would have been much happier had this taken place in October or November. The country probably would have been much better off for it.

Reports of democracy born anew in Kyrgyzstan are premature…

phillip klug June 14, 2005 at 12:09 am

Hello Larry

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