Kyrgyzstan – Presidential inauguration, negotiations about new government

Almazbek Atambayev has been officially sworn in as the new president of Kyrgyzstan. The inauguration raises a couple of issues.

Firstly, who will be the new prime minister? Previously, Atambayev was the prime minister. So, a new PM is required. The 2010 constitution has some quite detailed provisions about government formation (Art. 84). The draft is available here. I assume that it is the current version too.

Secondly, what will be the composition of the new government?The 2010 elections produced a split parliament. The government took some time to form. My main source of information on Kyrgyzstan – – is full of reports about position the various factions in the parliament will take. So, the government-formation process is not clear-cut.

Given the fragility of democracy in Kyrgyzstan, both questions are fundamental to the country’s future.

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