Bakiev Orders Ministers to Quit Parties

by Nathan Hamm on 4/10/2006 · 5 comments

This strikes me as odd.

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev today told ministers either to stop playing an active in their political parties or to leave office within three days.

The story mentions that it is illegal for Kyrgyz ministers to be members of political parties, so it does not seem too odd to me that Bakiev might want to enforce this law. His complaint apparently is that some ministers are spending time on party affairs rather than their jobs. So, what I am having a hard time understanding is how requiring that ministers quit their parties will automatically translate into what is important for Bakiev–that the ministers do their jobs.

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jamilya April 10, 2006 at 5:36 pm

this is not done for them to start working. Bakiev is paranoid about his power, he does not want any heavyweights to join different sorts of political groups that would challenge him in future. he could not care less if they sit on their rear ends and picking their noses all day as long as they are politicaly inactive

David April 10, 2006 at 10:25 pm

Jamilya’s right, Bakiev must be getting worried. Presumably aimed at people like Atambaev, who was involved in the weekend demonstration. Spring is in the air, must be time for the annual Kyrgyz revolution.

Nathan April 10, 2006 at 10:29 pm

I figure I’d try to write at least one post mentioning Bakiev without calling him a hack 🙂

David April 11, 2006 at 4:32 am

Hack is better than some names going around, I think. Atambaev (Min. Industry and Trade) has now issued a statement saying the president’s demands are illegal. This could be building up to a real confrontation, with half the government moving towards the opposition, Ryspek threatening to kill the head of the electoral commission, and everything looking rather worrying for poor Mr Bakiev. He might want to start checking out real estate prices in the ex-Kyrgyz presidents’ district in podmoskov’ye.

Biotlon September 20, 2006 at 1:13 pm

Good Work!L

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