Kyrgyzstan: Violence & Possible Compromise

by Nathan Hamm on 11/7/2006 · 1 comment

Some brief updates on the latest from Bishkek…

Fighting broke out between opposition protesters and Bakiev supporters. Interior Ministry troops broke up the disturbance with tear gas and, apparently, buckshot. Officials deny they used firearms on protesters.

Bakiev accused lawmakers who formed a constituent assembly to write a new constitution of trying to illegally seize power.

In good news, it appears that a compromise may have been reached that would end the protests.

The new draft constitution envisages the creation of a larger legislature with broader powers. By contrast, the prerogatives of the president would be reduced.

As part of the compromise, both sides agreed to not organize presidential or legislative elections until 2010.

Kyrgyz Report has has more on the proposed compromises.

The parliament will consist of 90 lawmakers, one half of them representing political parties and the other half representing constituencies.

A party that gets 50% of the votes will have a right to form the government. If none of the parties gets 50% of the votes, the president will appoint cabinet officials, Sultanov said.

According to the draft constitution, the president will have a right to appoint judges, chairperson of the Central Election Commission and prosecutor general. Their nominations will have to be approved by the parliament.

The National Security Service, which is currently controlled by the president, will be moved to the government and will be under prime minister’s control. This move will significantly weaken the president as the Security Service is a key security institution for him.

Those commenting on the post have some good questions about the proposed constitution. My biggest question is whether or not coalition-building will be allowed. It appears that perhaps it will not, and the creation of pre-election coalitions would probably be encouraged by the system.

For far more reporting and commentary on the protests, visit The Roberts Report, Kyrgyz Report, and neweurasia.

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Laurence November 7, 2006 at 8:32 pm

Nathan, Thank you for these updates. I see they have made Google News…

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