Factbox: What do Kyrgyzstan’s new rulers plan to do?

BISHKEK (BestGrowthStock) – Kyrgyzstan’s self-proclaimed government, which came to power last week following violent clashes, says it will focus on reform and holding free and fair presidential elections this year.

Below are some of the main points of the new government’s program and details of the people involved:

WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT PLAN TO DO?

The new government needs President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to resign before it can hope to gain recognition from global powers and press ahead with its proposals.

Interim chief Roza Otunbayeva says the provisional government will remain in place for six months to introduce reforms and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.

In the meantime, the new administration has dissolved both the country’s parliament and the Constitutional Court.

It says it will rewrite the constitution to cut presidential powers and shift the system toward a parliamentary republic. It will allow absolute press freedom and will not use state pressure against independent journalists, it says.

The new team will also review election legislation to create conditions for free and fair elections, it says.

Almaz Atambayev, Otunbayeva’s deputy, said all corrupt officials would be dismissed from government positions but the new administration would retain those it deemed honest.

WHO IS THE INTERIM CHIEF? Otunbayeva, 59, was a Bakiyev supporter in the 2005 “Tulip Revolution” that brought him to power and toppled Kyrgyzstan’s first post-Soviet leader, Askar Akayev.

A former foreign minister, she later broke with Bakiyev and accused him of widespread corruption and nepotism. She then joined an opposition movement that now forms the backbone of the provisional government.

Moscow-educated and fluent in English, she says she will not tolerate corruption and stresses her commitment to democracy and fair elections.

She has not said whether she plans to run for the presidency but her role in toppling Bakiyev last week singles her out as a potential candidate.

WHO ARE THE OTHER MAIN PLAYERS?

Almaz Atambayev, Otunbayeva’s outspoken deputy, is a powerful politician who served as prime minister under Bakiyev in 2007 before falling out with him.

Also Moscow-educated and tasked with economic reform, he has been sharply critical of Bakiyev’s rule and pledged to root out corrupt officials from the administration.

Seen as a “northerner” in a country with a north-south divide, Atambayev harbors presidential ambitions and intended to run against Bakiyev last year but pulled out on election day.

He accused Bakiyev of rigging the vote and has since entrenched himself within the opposition movement.

Another central figure is Omurbek Tekebayev, who led opposition to post-Soviet leader Akayev along with Bakiyev. He later switched sides and joined the anti-Bakiyev movement as one of its most influential figures.

Seen as a technocrat, he has been tasked with efforts to review the constitution, reduce presidential powers and introduce a stronger system of checks and balances.

From the south like Bakiyev, Tekebayev was once detained by the police on suspicion of possessing heroin in his luggage, in an incident his supporters said was part of the president’s efforts to silence dissent.

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(Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Alison Williams)

Factbox: What do Kyrgyzstan’s new rulers plan to do?