A New Republic?

by Noah Tucker on 4/9/2010 · 12 comments

courtesy Russian Newsweek

According to Radio Svoboda’s reporter in Bishkek, who has been speaking today with several of the leaders of the new provisional government, only a few hours ago the provisional government was preparing to sign a document annulling the current Kyrgyzstan constitution and canceling presidential immunity for Bakiev.

В ночь с 9 на 10 апреля будет подписан декрет временного правительства – под примерным названием “О переходе государственной власти и исполнении конституции”. Об этом в интервью Радио Свобода сообщил один из лидеров временного правительства Азимбек Бекназаров, курирующий в правительстве правоохранительную систему и армию. Этот документ фактически отменяет действующую конституцию Киргизии, заменяя ее собой.

On the night of 9 to 10 April a decree will be signed by the provisional government titled roughly “On the Transfer of State Power and Fulfillment of the Constitution.” The announcement was made in an interview with Radio Svoboda by one of the leaders of the provisional government, Azimbek Beknazarov, who is in charge of law enforcement and the army in the [new] administration. This document effectively cancels the current constitution of Kyrgyzstan and replaces it [with itself].

The story on the cancellation of presidential immunity is available with some limited translation of the rest of the Radio Svoboda article from RIA Novosti here, and will no doubt be quickly translated into English (or has already been by the time this is posted). It would appear that talks with Bakiev may have broken down. Earlier today the mayor of Osh claimed to be acting as a go-between in the negotiations, but as of yesterday Bakiev was demanding that his entire family be granted immunity, a condition that seemed unlikely to go over well with the angry demonstrators still periodically picketing in Bishkek.

Though Russia appears to still be the only foreign power to have recognized the provisional government, that may change quickly if Bakiev can’t think of some kind of brilliant counter-move tonight. Listening to his inteview on Ekho Moskvy yesterday, he didn’t seem exactly full of new ideas. Beknazarov hinted in his interview with Radio Svoboda that as soon as the declaration is signed by the provisional government, an arrest warrant already drawn up for Bakiev will go into effect and his arrest “would be legal.”

Whether this is really the end of the “Second Kyrgyz Republic” and the beginning of a “third” remains to be seen. Earlier today, in another Radio Svoboda interview transcribed on Ata Meken’s website, Atambaev gave some rough outlines for what the new constitution may look like:

Теперь мы не будем проводить парламентские или президентские выборы до того, как изменим конституцию. Мы решили создать в стране парламентскую республику, при которой один человек никогда уже не сможет диктовать всей стране свою волю и страна не будет работать на одну семейку.

Now we will not carry out parliamentary or presidential elections before changing the constitution. We have decided to create a parliamentary republic in the country, under which a single person will never again be able to dictate his will to the whole country and the country will not be run by a single family.

Considering the situation Atambaev describes is more or less the one that governs the every other country in the region, it will be interesting to see how they–and the rest of the world–react.

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Noah Tucker is managing editor at Registan.net and an associate at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs Central Asia Program. Noah is a researcher and consultant for NGO, academic and government clients on Central Asian society and culture. He has worked on Central Asian issues since 2002--specializing in religion, national identity, ethnic conflict and social media--and received an MA from Harvard in Russian, E. European and Central Asian Studies in 2008. He has spent four and half years in the region, primarily in Uzbekistan, and returned most recently for fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

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Laurence Jarvik April 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Thought this email I received in my inbox today might interest Registan readers:

—— Forwarded Message
From: Raymond LLOYD
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:33:39 +0100
To: jose-manuelbarroso , EBRDpress
Cc: Kara
Subject: Support for Roza Otunbayeva head of interim government of

This is to invite you to send good wishes to Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the interim government of Kyrgyzstan, my friend and a great champion both of democracy and women’s advancement. Her bio and photo is found on http://www.wikipedia.com , and good wishes can be sent through her daughter Kara Soch karasoch@hotmail.com. Roza is preceded by another great Kyrgyz women’s rights leader Kurmanjan Datka (1811-1907), portrayed on the attached 50 som banknote

With all good wishes
Raymond (LLOYD)
Editor & Publisher The Parity Democrat Westminster
http://shequality.spaces.live.com (for

P. Lee April 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

More on Russia please.

Russia eyes U.S. air base in Kyrgyz turmoil


The conspiracy theories of outside involvement has already begun.

CB April 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm

A long background article posted in Salon by Eugene Huskey:


DT April 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm
Noah Tucker April 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm

If you can’t read the graffiti in the picture above, by the way, it’s enough to say that it’s a creative combination of two languages that tells Bakiev to resign in no uncertain terms.

Grant April 10, 2010 at 6:29 am

How successful would an arrest be? If he fled there then he probably would have some amount of support, and the new government can’t afford anything that looks like a possible war if it wants to keep legitimacy.

J. Otto Pohl April 10, 2010 at 7:10 am

Getting any real information here in Bishkek is very difficult. But, the lack of police and the looting are the things I have noticed the most here in Yug-2. I have post on my blog now that blogger is unblocked as a result of the overthrow of the previous regime.


Noah Tucker April 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thank you for sharing, Otto! Please feel free to keep us updated, there are a lot of interested readers here.

Max April 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

After some Twitter digging I found something on Roza Otunbayeva http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?menu=c10400&no=385019&rel_no=1

CTuttle April 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Noah, Ya’ll don’t mind if I cite ya, right…? 😉

Meet The New Krygyz Leader…!

reader April 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

“Russia fueled unrest in Kyrgyzstan” in Washington Post

If this is true, all the talk about revolution, SMS, etc., is moot.

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