Books on Uzbekistan
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
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
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
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 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.