Expert: New Kyrgyz state policy should be multidirectional
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 24 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) expert Jana Kobzova said the new Kyrgyz government's policy must be multi-vector after forming a ruling coalition in parliament.
More than a month has passed since the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan and a ruling coalition has not yet been formed in parliament. Based on the new Kyrgyz Constitution, the parliamentary majority is empowered to form a government and to appoint a prime minister.
The former Kyrgyz government headed by ex-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was overthrown in a revolution in April. A referendum held in summer approved constitutional amendments, as well as Kyrgyzstan's transition to a parliamentary system of government.
It is too early to talks about how the new government will look and when it will be formed, but it will surely face difficulties and need support from abroad, Kobzova said.
"Whatever government will in the saddle, they will be on a very bumpy road, given the number of challenges the country faces, be it poverty or ethnic tensions," she added.
A wave of riots shook the country in June, which was instigated by ethnic clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. The unrest led to casualties and tension between ethnic groups.
Negotiations on the final formation of the government are slowing down due to the existing problems in the country. In addition, each party chairman is keen on securing the best outcome for his own party, with other parties still contesting the elections and constitutional changes, Kobzova said.
Kobzova said the government will need international support for its actions and the backing of outside partners to access many financial assistance program.
"Therefore, I think the government will try to have good relations with both Moscow and Washington - both have a military presence in the country and are important for Kyrgyzstan's economy in different ways," Kobzova said.
The EU, she said, can also play a positive role by supporting infrastructure, opening economic assistance programs, or engaging the new government.