NEWS AND EVENTS
March 20, 2014
MPs pass amendments to Constitution in first reading
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan passed a draft law “On introduction of changes and amendments to some articles of the Constitution of Uzbekistan (articles 32, 78, 93, 98, 103 and 117)” in the first reading, the press service of the lower house of Uzbek parliament said.
The draft law was initiated by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
The changes and amendments to the Constitution is directed at further deepening constitutional reforms on further expanding rights and authorities of the parliament, strengthening responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers, and executive bodies as a whole, ensure public and parliament control over activities of the state bodies.
The document envisages transfer of part of authorities of the President to Prime Minister and it clarifies order of providing and approving candidates of the Prime Minister by the both chambers of the parliament.
According to amendments, candidate to the post of Prime Minister at consideration and approval his/her candidacy at Oliy Majlis should provide a programme of action of Cabinet of Ministers for new and long-term perspective.
In line with changes, President can suspend or abolish acts of the state bodies and local administrations if the documents fail to comply with norms of the legislation. This helps to strengthen responsibility of the state bodies and officials for adopted decisions, especially those decisions, which touches interests of population.
The document sets democratic order of forming Central Election Commission and principles of its operation. This will be another step to strengthen constitutional rights of the citizens to be elected and elect.
After the discussions, MPs supported the draft law unanimously and passed it in the first reading.