New configurations are forming in the political arena of Kyrgyzstan in the run-up to parliamentary elections. Parties prefer to unite in blocks, hoping to increase the number of votes. First under the crown-2015 went Respublika of ex-Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov and Ata-Zhurt of former deputy Kamchybek Tashiyev. Then the merger of Bir Bol and Butun Kyrgyzstan was announced. The society is wondering: who will be next?
24.kg news agency decided to ask the leaders of the parties with whom they would like to celebrate political wedding?
Felix Kulov, the leader of Ar-Namys parliamentary faction:
- Let me remind you: according to the norms of the current legislation, blocks can't participate in the elections. That is, one party dissolves into another, or political organizations conclude an agreement with each other, that they will act as allies in the elections, not tripping up each other, without compromising. And in the future, after already passing in the Parliament, such parties may act as coalition partners.
- Does Ar-Namys see itself paired with someone?
- Let some party to absorb us? No, we won't agree. We are ready to conclude gentleman's agreement with anyone who want to play fair. We still have no one offered to enter into a tandem, and we also not going to anyone. If anyone wants to join our party, we will consider the proposal. First I will consider it, then the political council, then congress. Do we need it? In order the political organization that wants to cooperate with us had the similar to ours ideology, and, of course, we will look through the list, which we will be offered. In 2010, to be honest, many were caught on these lists, including, as it turned out, the wrong people. However, we had no experience. At this time we will be smarter.
Dastan Bekeshev, the leader of Ak-Niet party, deputy of the fifth convocation from Ar-Namys:
- We are open to constructive proposals and are ready to cooperate with all participants of political process.
- More specifically?
- To say more specifically is impossible now. God grants, we will know soon. I can only say that negotiations are underway. I support the idea of unification. We all have the same aim - the country's development. Methods to achieve it, of course, can be different.
Omurbek Tekebayev, the leader of Ata Meken parliamentary faction:
- We have no plans to unite with anyone. Unification, of course - a natural process. And proposed amendments to the electoral law are forcing the parties to this process. Firstly, the selective threshold will increase from 7 to 10 percent. Second, the amount of election pledge will increase to several million soms. Of course, all these moments will serve as a stimulus to unite. And in the near future we will see new political alliances. But Ata Meken doesn't offer tandem to anyone, and no one talks to us about it.
- And do you know who with whom will "marry" in the future?
- Yes, I know some information. However, for some reasons, I can't disclose it. You will find out it soon.
Askarbek Salymbekov, the leader of Emgek party:
-I'm for the union. We need major political parties. Emgek also plans to unite. Negotiations are underway. But I still can't say exactly which party we are going to unite. I think the activation will fall on the I quarter of 2015. Now we are waiting for adoption of amendments to the electoral law, on this basis webwill make a decision.
Sapar Asanov, the co-chairman of Zamandash-Sovremennik party:
-The question is, of course, interesting. However, for us it's not worth the edge. Our party is not going to unite. We don't hold negotiations on this matter. No one refers to us with such proposal. If we make a decision to create an alliance with someone, this political organization must meet our criteria.
-What are the criteria?
-First of all we need young politicians, new faces, ideas, insights, and, of course, they must be patriots of the country.
-So you want to take some young party under your wing?
Tynchtyk Shainazarov, a member of the political council of Onuguu-Progress party, deputy, who came to the Parliament from Respublika list:
-Today we are holding talks with the parties, public and political figures, but there is no issue of unification. We think to participate in the election by ourselves. If now we are offered to join the alliance, we will think. If there are no fundamental differences, may be, we will create some unit. Our party has done a great job in regions and cities, we are recognizable. Why do we need to cringe for someone and lose own electorate?
Mavlyan Askarbekov, the Chairman of Erkin El party:
-We plan, of course, go to the polls and we are negotiating on merging with some political leaders. But since there are no specific agreements, I would like to keep this information. Now the process for creating tandems brake, it seems to me, because everyone is waiting for changes in the electoral law. Amendments that are lobbying by the president's staff and leaders of factions, just crazy. I'm talking about raising of threshold to 10 percent and an increase in the electoral deposit. This is usurpation of power by oligarchs and large-caliber officials. Since in these parameters only they will be able to participate in the race and rely on mandates.
Temir Sariev, the Minister of Economy, the leader of Akshumkar party:
-Our party is actively involved in social and political life of Kyrgyzstan. We have a strong youth wing, women is strong as well. We are introduced to local councils and, of course, will run for parliament.
-Are there any parties, with which you would like to join the union?
-Yes. Currently we are negotiating with those parties which are close to us, kindred, sharing our views, seeking to reform and preservation of the parliamentary form of government. But still I can't say what kind of party is it, but we are ready to unite.