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NEWS AND EVENTS
November 13, 2006
Draft Law \"On strengthening role of political parties in renewal and further democratization of state governance and modernization\"
Article 1. The aim of the Law

The aim of the Law is to strengthen the role of political parties in renewal and further democratization of state governance and modernization. The Law is the basis for adopting relevant amendments to the Constitution as well as to the current legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Article 2. Fractions of political parties in the Legislative Chamber

The fraction of political party - association of deputies (members of parliament) which is created by deputies from a political party in order to express its interests in the Legislative Chamber, and registered in the established order. The fraction of political party with majority seats in the Legislative Chamber consists a parliamentary majority. The parliamentary majority may also consist of several fractions of political parties and deputies elected by initiative groups of voters who establish bloc on the basis of concurrence or commonness of their programs\' tasks and objectives. The fractions of political parties as well as deputies elected by the initiative groups of voters that do not share the whole or some parts of course and program of newly formed Government may proclaim themselves as an opposition. Uniting of the fractions of political parties into bloc does not constrain their independence in exercising of rights envisaged by the Law. The fraction of political party proclaimed itself as a parliamentary opposition has the right along with envisaged by the Law authorities to propose a draft of law in alternative edition together with report on relevant issue from responsible committee of the Legislative Chamber; to record in the protocol of the plenary session if the Legislative Chamber its opinion about discussed issues; to participate in the work of conciliatory commission on law which was rejected by the Senate of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The rights of parliamentary opposition guaranteed by the Law can not be infringed by the parliamentary majority. A deputy from political party may be member of the fraction of the same political party only.

Article 3. The order of election of Vice-Speakers of the Legislative Chamber

The Legislative Chamber elects the Speaker and Vice-Speakers of the Legislative Chamber from its members. The Vice-Speakers of the Legislative Chamber are elected by secret vote from the total number of deputies for the term of powers of the Legislative Chamber. The fraction of political party, created in the Legislative Chamber has the guaranteed right to replace one of the Vice-Speaker of the Legislative Chamber to its representative. The fraction of political party usually nominates the leader of the fraction for election to the post of the Vice-Speaker of the Legislative Chamber. In a case of non-election of the nominee to the post of the Vice-Speaker of the Legislative Chamber, the fraction of political party has the right to nominate another member of the fraction. The Vice-Speaker of the Legislative Chamber can be elected to one of the committees of to the Legislative Chamber.

Article 4. The procedure of appointment of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

? nominee for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan is recommended by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for approval by both the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Parliament (Oliy Majlis) of the Republic of Uzbekistan after consultations with fraction of each political party represented in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and other deputies elected from initiative groups of voters, within one month after the election of office holders and forming the bodies of the Chambers of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The appointment a nominee for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan is recognized as approved if he gained the majority of voters in the Legislative Chamber and Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In case if the nominee for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan failed to gain majority of total number of Parliamentarians in the Legislative Chamber or Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, after consultations with fractions of each political party represented in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan and other deputies elected from initiative groups of voters, has a right to recommend two more times nominees for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In case of triple rejection by the Legislative Chamber or the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan of recommended nominee for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan appoints Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan and dismisses Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan or one of its Chambers. In case of dissolution of the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, new elections shall be held within three months as of the date of adoption of decision on dissolution.

Article 5. The procedure on relieving the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan of his position.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan is relieved of his position by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan: a) according to the application of the Prime Minister for resignation; b) in case of impossibility by the Prime Minister to fulfill his duties; c) in case of emerging insuperable disagreements within the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, placing under a threat its normal functioning, as well as repeated adoptions by the Cabinet of Ministers of decisions contradicting the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as decrees and decisions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan; d) under the initiative of fractions of political parties in the Legislative Chamber submitted for consideration by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan takes a decision on dismissal if this initiative shall be supported with necessary substantiation by the leading fractions of political parties of parliament and if it gets the votes of more than two thirds of the total number of deputies at the Lower Chamber and Senate when put to the vote by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the Lower Chamber and Senate. Dismissal of the Prime Minister will simultaneously cause resignation of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Article 6. Procedure of designation and approval of the khokims (mayor) of the Tashkent Province and the city.

The candidates for the post of khokim (mayor) of Tashkent Province and the city for approval by the regional municipal Kengash (council) of people\'s deputies are introduced by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan after holding consultations with each of the party groups present in Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies concerned. The candidate, who receives the majority of the votes of the total number of deputies of the Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies concerned, is considered to be approved for the post of khokim (mayor) of Tashkent Province or the city. If while the voting the candidates do not receive the majority of the votes of the total number Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies concerned, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan has a right after holding additional consultations with the party groups to introduce candidates for the mentioned posts twice within a month. In case the candidates nominated for the post of khokim (mayor) of Tashkent Province and the city are declined for the third time by the Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies concerned the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan has a right to assign an acting khokim (mayor) of the Tashkent Province and the city, dismiss the Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies concerned. In this case the elections for regional and municipal Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies are held within three months from the day of decision on dismissal takes place. According to the decision of regional and Tashkent municipal Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies on the candidacy of khokim (mayor) the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan issues a decree.

Article 7. Controlling functions of deputies of regional and Tashkent municipal Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies over the activity of khokims (mayors) of Tashkent Province and the city.

With a view of increasing the efficiency of controlling functions the party groups of regional, Tashkent municipal Kengashs (councils) of people\'s deputies are given the right to initiate the introduction of reasonable conclusions about unsatisfactory activity of the persons approved for the post of khokims (mayors) of Tashkent Province and the city of Tashkent to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In case if this initiative is supported by the leading party groups the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan orders the discussion of this initiative at the Kengash of people\'s deputies and in line with the outcomes of the discussion takes a decision.

Article 8. Taking of this Constitutional Law into effect

The current Constitutional Law takes effect starting January 1, 2008.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.


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