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On April 29, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree declaring a national mourning day on April 30. This is due to the tragedy that occurred in the village of Ayu (Osh Province) as a result of a landslide. “On the day of mourning, the national flags shall be lowered throughout the territory of the republic, as well as on the buildings of consular and diplomatic missions abroad,” the press service of the head of state cited the text of the decree.



The introduction of electronic biometric passports in Kyrgyzstan will help to conduct the fairest and most transparent elections. President Almazbek Atambayev said so in his speech at the recent meeting with Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Head of Presidential Administration Sapar Isakov. According to the press service of the head of state, Atambayev stressed that the beginning of Kyrgyzstan's transition to electronic biometric passports was a landmark event. It is of great importance in terms of creating a modern digital society in Kyrgyzstan.



Approximately 80 percent of the Kyrgyz population use no more than the previously set social limits on electricity consumption, which amount to 700 kilowatt-hours per month. Prime Minister of the Republic Sooronbai Jeenbekov made such a statement on April 27, while delivering a speech and a report at the parliament session. According to him, many citizens are asking for changes to these restrictions, although they use an average of 656 kilowatt-hours.


The report of the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan submitted to the republic's parliament after summarizing the results of the government's activities in 2016 has been deemed satisfactory by the deputies. After discussing the report of Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov, 98 deputies approved the work of the government, and 9 deputies disapproved it. The Kyrgyz PM stressed in his speech, “The economic situation stabilized in 2016, which enabled us to lay the foundation for achieving the long-term goals of the republic's development.”



In Kyrgyzstan, a new draft law has been submitted for general discussion. It envisages a number of amendments to the current Housing Code of the Republic, and to the Code of Administrative Responsibility. In accordance with them, it is proposed to allow hourly and daily rent of apartments in the country once again. Worth recalling, since January 10, 2017, renting out apartments for days and hours has been an administrative crime punishable with fines, which amounted to UZS7,000 for individuals, UZS9,000 for officials, and up to UZS70,000 for legal entities.



In Kyrgyzstan, Omurbek Tekebaev, the leader of the Ata-Meken Socialist Party and the parliamentary opposition of the country, has been presented the final charges. As reported by the State Committee for National Security of the republic, on February 25, 2017, a case has been initiated against Tekebayev and a number of other persons under the articles “fraud” and “corruption.” The investigation was entrusted to the SCNS, and the next day Tekebayev and former Minister for Emergency Situations D. Chotonov were detained on suspicion of committing the above crimes.


Last year, the volume of trade between Kyrgyzstan and Iran amounted to $14.8 million, exceeding the 2015 indicator almost twofold. Minister of Economy of Kyrgyzstan Arzybek Kozhoshev reported this figure while delivering a speech at the Kyrgyz-Iranian business forum. He informed the Iranian businessmen and government representatives, “As of today, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan offers the most liberal tax regime in the entire region of Central Asia. Thus the income tax rate is only 10 percent, while the value added tax is 12 percent.”



On April 18, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov presented the 2016 report on the government's activity for consideration of the parliamentary majority coalition. In accordance with the effective legislation, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers shall submit a report on the government's activities to the national parliament every year, no later than May 15. Once submitted, the document shall be discussed by the parliamentary committees and factions; after that, it shall be put forward at a plenary session.



On April 14, Bishkek hosted the summit of the heads of the EEU countries, which resulted in the signing of a total of 11 documents. The heads of the EEU states that gathered in the capital of Kyrgyzstan decided to grant Moldova the status of an observer country in the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition, they also approved the main guidelines of the EEU macroeconomic policy in the period 2017-2018, and the rotation of two members of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission with simultaneous introduction of a number of changes into its rules of procedure.



The government of Kyrgyzstan plans to consider the possibility of phasing out orphan asylums in the republic, transforming them into social support institutions. Deputy Prime Minister Cholpon Sultanbekova made this statement on April 12. In her words, the conditions in orphanages “leave much to be desired.” Besides, all institutions have “ghost kids” on their balance, which has become a system. “In addition, 94 percent of children who are brought up in residential care institutions have both parents or one of them, as well as other relatives or guardians.