Kyrgyzstan President accepts government's resignation
19 Dec, 2006 12:50
The President of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has accepted the resignation of the Central Asian country's entire government following the adoption of a new Constitution which provides a new system of appointing the Cabinet.
It comes just a little over a month after open clashes on the streets of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. The opposition and the parliament accused president Kurmanbek Bakiev of not doing more to prevent the protests. According to the new constitution the government will consist of parliament members. Russia Today's correspondent in Kyrgyzstan says the situation in Bishkek is quite calm, with no significant activity on the streets, which is rather unusual for Kyrzyz capital in past weeks. However, some experts warn that this calmness could be deceptive.“The situation in Kyrgyzstan is quiet right now, but the election season may really heat it up. The country is divided by different ethnic groups and different regional clans, and they have different issues. There are a lot of issues to deal with in the republic like poverty, drugs and so on. All those clans are dealing with different issues there and all of them want more power within the parliament. In addition, it’s broken down too much. Moreover, these clans have feuding clans among themselves. So, it is not a normal democracy over there. A lot of the issues that were against the former president, like nepotism, poor economic performance et cetera, are applied to the present one. So, the today’s president of Kyrgyzstan is having a hard time, and with the constitutional change he’s lost some of his power,” stressed Russia Today's political analyst, Peter Lavelle, talking about the crisis in Kyrgyzstan.