The Continued Souring of the "Tulip" Revolution
Dinara Asanbaeva, academic supervisor at a political science academy sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said the arrangement also made her doubt both men's commitment to democracy.
"These leaders are just trying to divide up the benefits of the revolution between themselves," she said. "It's a change of the political elite but not of the political system."
People are also concerned because Bakiyev will inherit a constitution -- retooled by Akayev in the '90s -- that gives the president sweeping powers over parliament and makes impeachment all but impossible.
There are plans to reform the constitution by referendum in September, and Bakiyev has pledged to support such moves if he is elected. But under the current constitution, Kyrgyzstan's 5 million citizens would have few legal options if Bakiyev were to go back on his word.
"I'm afraid that with all the power he will have after the elections, it will be very difficult for him to resist," Asanbaeva said. "Every human being is weak, and Mr. Bakiyev has a past in [Akayev's] government. The only reason he was in opposition was because of personal differences with Akayev, not out of principle." ~The Washington Post
Daniel Larison | May 31, 2005
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