Problem with budget remains urgent in Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 3 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova /
The Kyrgyz Parliament is serious about the formation of the republic's budget. But the situation with this issue remains complex, Kyrgyz expert Orozbek Moldaliyev said.
"The Kyrgyz parliament strictly considers the budget, the issues of its reality and deficit," Moldaliyev told Trend over phone from Bishkek.
Jogorku Kenesh (the Kyrgyz Parliament) plans to approve the budget for 2011 at the first reading on Feb. 10, chairman of Jogorku Kenesh committee on budget and finance Akilbek Japarov said at the press conference on February 3.
He said that it was proposed to approve revenue worth 68.4 billion soums, expenses - 89.7 billion soums and a deficit - 21.2 billion soums with the weight of GDP at a rate of 8.7 percent in 2011.
The expert said that there are a lot of differences with this issue in the country.
"Finance Minister Chorobek Imashev resigned because of the differences in opinions with the parliamentary committee on budget," Moldaliyev said.
He made this decision in late January. His resignation was approved by President Rosa Otunbayeva.
"Of course, there is a complex problem with forming the budget now. But the government wants it to be real," the expert said.
He said that naturally, there is a divergence of views in connection with this process in the country.
One can not rule out that some forces in the parliament want to use it as leverage to press the government, Moldaliyev said.
Regarding the activity of the parliament as a whole, it is gradually involved in the working process, considering a bill. In particular, it can be observed in forming the budget.
"A part of the republic's population criticizes the parliament, accusing it of inaction, the other part is waiting for the parliament to make any decisions. Others are waiting when the parliament will fulfill its promises made during the pre-election campaign," he said.
The new parliament was formed as a result of the revolution in the country after former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in April last year. After a new government took power, a referendum was held in Kyrgyzstan. As a result, the power was changed from the presidential to parliamentary.
Now Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev plays a major role in the republic, rather than the president, as before.
Kyrgyzstan was the first of the five Central Asian republics. It chose the parliamentary system of government.