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Expert: Next few months should be very interesting for Kyrgyzstan

Politics Materials 7 January 2011 14:18
Radio Liberty expert on Central Asia, Bruce Pannier believes the next few months in Kyrgyzstan are expected to be rich in "interesting" events.

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 7 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /

Radio Liberty expert on Central Asia, Bruce Pannier believes the next few months in Kyrgyzstan are expected to be rich in "interesting" events.

"The next few months in the country should be very interesting," Pannier wrote to Trend in an e-mail.

Kyrgyzstan is still facing a non-stable situation. On Tuesday, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev held a meeting to discuss the Kyrgyz government's priority measures in the sphere of economic policy for 100 days and the program of economic policy for 2011.

The Kyrgyz parliament approved the new government in Dec. 2010, adopting a parliamentary form of government, as a result of a shift from the presidential form, following the referendum held in summer. It was organized by the interim government that came to power after former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was overthrown in April last year.

Following the change of government in the republic from presidential to parliamentary, the parliament headed by Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev will play a more important role in governance, compared to how the president used to.

Observers say the new government is taking too little action to stabilize the situation in the country.

However, Pannier regards such findings not entirely fair. "In fairness, the parliament has not had much time to do anything yet," he said.

There is certainly a lot that needs to be done, Pannier said. However, since the parliament really has not started to take active measures, it would be difficult to give any assessment.

The basic things like the budget still need to be passed first, however it seemed as if many of the MPs are on their winter break now, he added, which according to him was "not the best time to take vacation."

Given all these factors, Pannier said, it can be concluded that Kyrgyzstan will observe interesting events in the next few months.

"Many teachers have already been protesting for higher wages and other groups seem ready to make their own demands," Pannier said.

Teachers in Kyrgyzstan have been protesting to demand a rise in wages by 100 percent. According to the Education Minister such claims are valid, but the state does not have funds for it at present. A decision to give only 30 percent raise was, however, made.

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