Overview of Kyrgyz Reforms

by Nathan Hamm on 5/6/2005

Jamestown’s Vladimir Socor has a fairly succinct overview of Kyrgyz governmental reform. Of particular interest to me is the makeup of the Constitutional Council.

The Constitutional Council, mandated to revise the country’s constitution, began its deliberations on April 28. These are expected to continue well beyond the presidential election. The Council has 114 members, including 57 from the executive branch of government, the parliament, and the judiciary, and another 57 from civil society groups and political parties.

If for no other reason, the involvement of NGOs in the process will go far to creating a sense of ownership for these groups, giving them a stake in supporting the new government. Well, one would hope anyway.

Socor notes that a consensus for a parliamentary government as opposed to a presidential one is developing — a very welcome development given the opportunities for centralized corruption presidential systems create in this part of the world.

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