Kyrgyzstan is creating a new government after Prime Minister Temir Sariev’s resignation earlier this week, followed by consequent early resignation of the Government in line with the country’s laws.
Deirdre Tynan, Director of International Crisis Group’s Central Asia project believes that the new government will not bring any significant changes to Kyrgyzstan’s foreign and internal policy.
“The new government will not change the country’s policy course because Kyrgyzstan does not have a sophisticated policy course to change,” Tynan told Trend by email.
She also expects that the challenges for the new Kyrgyz government remain the same as they were for the old government.
“High on that agenda, as the recent scandal shows, should be corruption. But tackling corruption would mean dismantling Kyrgyz politics as we know it and the new government is highly unlikely to do this,” she said.
Sariev’s resigned after the scandal erupted when the inspection uncovered violations in the procurement of the public tender won by a Chinese roads and bridges company. Sariev demanded the resignation of the minister of transport and communications, who in turn accused the prime minister of lobbying the Chinese company’s interests.
It is not the first time when the government resigns in Kyrgyzstan.
“The frequent changes in government reflect the transactional nature of Kyrgyzstan’s politics,” Tynan said.
Following the resignation of Sariev, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament elected deputy head of Kyrgyz presidential apparatus Sooronbay Zheenbekov to the post of the prime minister.
Jeenbekov has already submitted its proposals on the structure of the new government.