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OSCE to analyze role of Parliament under presidential rule in Kyrgyzstan

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbaev met with Matteo Mecacci, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in Stockholm (Sweden). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan reported.

Ruslan Kazakbaev assured that the authorities of the country will follow all the recommendations set out in the report of the OSCE/ ODIHR on the parliamentary elections.

The Foreign Minister said that the Kyrgyz party was «impatiently» waiting for the final report of the OSCE/ODIHR mission on monitoring the preparation and holding of parliamentary elections. According to him, the Kyrgyzstan’s authorities need it «in order to review and carry out the corresponding work on elimination of the flaws and improvement of the election process in the future,» as the country’s leader has already tasked «to carry out a thorough and transparent for the public check on all disputable and resonant issues of the elections held.

In his turn, Matteo Mecacci said that OSCE is interested in establishing working contacts with the newly elected parliament and offered to provide expert assistance in revision as well as in bringing the Kyrgyz legislation in line with the international standards.

In addition, he stressed the OSCE/ODIHR’s intention to conduct an analysis of the role of parliament under the presidential form of government in the Kyrgyz Republic.

As it was reported earlier, observer mission of OSCE/ODIHR, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe noticed the low interest of Kyrgyzstanis in the election of new Parliament. They explained in their report that the reasons for that were the recent constitutional and large-scale changes in the legislation, as well as the «constrained» campaign.

At the same time, the European Union called on the Kyrgyz authorities to investigate and explain the technical difficulties associated with the counting of votes on the election day, as well as to take measures to prevent them in the future. According to the EU, the voting process was «peaceful and well organized,» but the OSCE/ODIHR highlighted shortcomings such as bribery of voters and violations of campaign procedures.

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