Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Committe Rejects Kulov

by Nathan Hamm on 1/22/2007

President Bakiev immediately resubmitted Feliks Kulov to the Kyrgyz parliament after they rejected him the first time. Were they to reject him three times, then Bakiev could dissolve parliament and call for new elections.

Perhaps sensing the danger the legislature is in, the parliament’s Constitutional Committee decided that Bakiev has no right to resubmit Kulov without first submitting a new candidate for a parliamentary vote. The head of the committee, Iskhak Masaliev claims that the legislation on parliamentary rules requires different candidates to be submitted. He says (if, of course, I understand him correctly) that the law refers to the rejection of “candidates” in plural, meaning that the president must submit someone other than Kulov for consideration. He calls the law precise, though the presidential camp claims constitutional law is equally precise in giving them the right to resubmit Kulov.

“We must also refer to the constitutional law on government, which says that the president has the right to submit the [same] candidacy three times,” Kaparov said. “If the Jorgorku Kenesh [parliament] rejects his choice three times, you know all the consequences. Everything is clearly written in this law.”

The fighting continues…

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