Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Things Fall Apart

Kyrgyzstans new government is finding it hard to fully dissolve the old one. President Akayev resigned, but today they couldn't get the Parliamentary quorum needed to actually accept his resignation:

"Failure to muster a quorum for such a key event underlined instability in this former Central Asian Soviet republic since the long-time leader's ouster March 24, when protesters stormed his office and he fled the country. Mr. Akayev surfaced in Russia several days later.

Popular anger against what many saw as rigged parliamentary elections earlier this year fuelled the revolt, as did crushing poverty and widespread corruption.

Mr. Akayev signed a resignation letter on Monday at the Kyrgyz Embassy in Moscow. The resignation was to have been presented to the 75-member Jogorku Kenesh Tuesday. The legislators also planned to watch a taped farewell message from Mr. Akayev."

Some are upset he's not being impeached after fleeing the country and leaving it to such chaos, but it's unlikely they would be able to even undergo or complete the process of impeachment before upcoming June 26th Presidential elections. Kyrgyzstan has a long row to hoe, given the nature of the popular uprising that is better characterized as a "revolt", with looting, rioting, and violence against police. Normalization is coming hard, even in actually formally accepting the resignation of the man all of this was meant to get rid of. The one bid for hope of normalization is cited by TOL:

"Feliks Kulov, a leading figure in the Kyrgyz opposition movement that toppled President Askar Akaev, said that he and Kurmanbek Bakiev, the country’s acting president, have agreed to run against each other in presidential elections slated for 26 June – and that the winner will appoint the other as his prime minister."

A Unity ticket of sorts. At least, on paper. We'll see if they actually follow through with the plan.