Parties’ rights to be expanded while discussing bills in Uzbek parliament
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 9 /Trend D. Azizov/
The legislative (lower) chamber of the Uzbek Parliament adopted at the first reading amendments and supplements to the law on "Regulations of the legislative chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan", the parliament said on Saturday.
According to the innovations, the bills in the future will be considered not only by the responsible committee but also by all party factions. The responsible committee doesn't have the right to make a conclusion on the bill without opinions and suggestions of the party factions.
Moreover, a representative of the responsible committee should inform members of the chamber about opinions and suggestions of different factions while considering the bills at meetings of the legislative chamber.
This regulation extends rights of the political party factions at all stages of legislative procedure, allowing them to defend their opinion on different aspects of bills and to form their own position while preliminary considering the bill in accordance with the aims of their political parties and interests of their electorate.
A coordination group will be created under the Kengash (Council) of the Legislative chamber that will keep records of submitted bills and follow them at all stages of consideration including issues of observance of the established procedures and attraction of experts, specialists and representatives of civil society to the work over the bills.
New amendments envisage more democratic and a transparent mechanism of distributing received drafts empowering the Kengash of the legislative chamber to appoint in a collegial way a committee responsible for their preliminary consideration.
In general the offered amendments and supplements are aimed at further democratization of the procedure of adopting and considering the bills.
The Uzbek bicameral parliament was formed in 2005.The upper chamber consists of 100 MPs, the legislative chamber - of 150 MPs elected for five-year term.
Today the composition of the legislative chamber of Oliy Majlis is formed by four political parties and the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan.
Liberal Democratic Party is represented by 53 MPs, People's Democratic Party - by 32 MPs, Milliy Tiklanish (National Revival) Democratic Party - by 31, Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party - by 19, Ecological Movement - by 15 members.