Expert: Parliamentary republic in Kyrgyzstan - path towards permanent mess

Politics Materials 28 June 2010 14:12 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 /Trend, V.Zhavoronkova/

The results of the referendum on adopting a new constitution in Kyrgyzstan cause doubts, and sooner or later there will be forces that will avoid them, said Sergei Mikheyev, deputy director of Center for Political Technologies.

"I have more doubts about the results of the referendum [...], and sooner or later some appeal forces will challenge the results, maybe even in the next few days, it is difficult to say," Mikheyev, a Russian expert on Central Asia, told Trend by telephone from Moscow.

A referendum on adopting a new constitution was conducted in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday. According to official data, nearly 91 percent of voters supported the draft of the document.

The new draft constitution, proposed by the interim government that came to power after the overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April, significantly weakens the presidential branch, turning Kyrgyzstan into a parliamentary republic.  
The system received data from 2,189 polling stations from 2,319 (94.39%), the report says.

After the April events, the power shifted to the interim government, which included representatives of leading opposition parties in the country, headed by Roza Otunbayeva. Later Otunbayeva was empowered as the president of the transition period.

One question was introduced in the ballot paper - whether the citizens agree "to adopt the constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Law on Constitution," of which projects were proposed by the interim government to the referendum."

According to Mikheyev, the referendum results cause doubts.

"It was announced that more than 90 percent of the population reportedly voted for [the adoption of a new constitution], but such fables can be told the children at night," said the expert.
According to him, any results that exceed 90 percent in such polls cause suspected falsification.

The interim government had to get a result, they gained it, regardless of international norms and standards, said Mikheyev.

"Even if the results of the referendum are not avoided, the parliamentary republic in Kyrgyzstan is actually a path towards a permanent mess, and it will not lead to stabilization of the situation," said Mikheyev.