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Books on Uzbekistan

Update No: 359 - (24/11/10)

Uzbekistan is one of the world's worst dictatorships, where opponents are boiled or buried alive.

But it is right at the heart of Central Asia. It is the heartland of Eurasia, adjacent to Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. The US has given up lecturing it for its misdeeds, plentiful as they are. It is now heedful of its actual deeds.

The Uzbek Senate holds a plenary session in December
The Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan will hold its fourth plenary session in Tashkent on December 3, the Uzbek parliament said.

The Senators will consider the address of the Uzbek President Islam Karimov at the joint session of the Legislative Chamber and Senate on November 12th entitled “The Concept of Further Deepening Reforms and Formation of Democratic Society in the Country.” Senators also will discuss tasks on strengthening the role of the Senate, local authorities in strengthening democratic modernization of the country.

The session is also expected to debate the State Budget of Uzbekistan for 2011 and several laws.

In particular, Senate members will consider laws "On realtor activities", "On introduction of changes to article 4 of Law of Uzbekistan "On natural monopolies", "On introduction of changes and amendments to article 15 and 18 of law of Uzbekistan "On insurance activity" and others.
Senators will also review a law "On ratification of International convention against doping in sport (Paris, Oct.19, 2005)" and issue an introduction of change to the structure of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan.

On constitutional change
In a most seminal address Karimov addressed a joint session of his country's parliament on November 12 and proposed some interesting and unexpected changes to the constitution involving the selection of prime minister and who would take Karimov's place.

Karimov has appointed all three of the country's prime ministers (including current Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev). But he suggested it should be the party with the most seats in parliament that nominates a candidate for the post. That currently is the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; the youngest of Uzbekistan's four registered (all pro-presidential) parties, founded in 2003. Parliament would also initiate the dismissal of the prime minister.

But Karimov would still have the final (and probably the initial) say on the nominee for prime minister -- and their dismissal, if needed.

Speaking about the new process of selecting a prime minister, President Karimov curiously said he wanted to rid the country of brutal people.

More interesting were the Uzbek president's comments about Article 96 of the constitution, which deals with succession in the even that the president dies or is unable to perform the duties of head of state. As the constitution reads now, the task of replacing Karimov falls to parliament, which must meet in a joint session within 10 days after the president is declared unfit to serve (or dies) and "shall elect an acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from among its deputies, senators for the term up to three months." Elections would be held after three months.

Karimov advised changing that article and giving the task to the chairman of the Senate (upper house of parliament), currently the relatively unknown Ilgizar Sobirov. Those frantically searching for information about Sobirov have been disappointed since there is very little known about him.

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