Bakiyev Proposes Reform

by Nathan Hamm on 5/4/2005

Vladimir Socor reports in Eurasia Daily Monitor on acting President Bakiyev’s proposed reforms for Kyrgyzstan. Bakiyev’s main aims are:

  1. Rebuilding “the structure of political power”
  2. Shutting down official corruption
  3. Improving the economic climate to promote growth
  4. Replacing the current political elite with new blood

He proposes that these reforms will take place during a transitional period of several years.

Of particular interest to me is his ambition to change the balance of power in government.

Bakiyev called for development of a full-fledged multi-party system and new electoral legislation, so as to enable a strong multi-party parliament to act as a check on the executive branch of government. Although he stopped short of advancing specific suggestions (“I am not prepared to guess how this would be done”), Bakiyev underscored the concept of accountability of the executive branch and of the administration to the parliament. He called for separation of the political and the administrative functions of state bodies and for the “huge state machinery to be reduced.”

Though it is obvious that Bakiyev is far from having it all figured out, his desire to consolidate democratic gains makes me cautiously optimistic about Kyrgyzstan’s path.


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