Inevitable family rule in Kyrgyzstan
Another person with the last name of Bakiev joined the government in Kyrgyzstan. Last week Maxim Bakiev, the youngest son of Kyrgyz President was appointed as the head of Central Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation (CADII). Now it seems like Maxim Bakiev is going to immediately prove his consistency as the new independent political figure.
On September 1, 2009 President Kurmanbek Bakiev proclaimed the state administration reforms and the establishment of CADII, immediately headed by Maxim Bakiev.
The successor or the accumulation of capital?
The appointment of president’s son to such high position produced wide public discussion, especially among those who believe that Maxim Bakiev will become the successor of current President.
No doubt, in Asia the children of other presidents also took over important deputy positions in the ministries and agencies. Maxim Bakiev is a different story. He became the real Head of very influential and powerful structure in the system of state management.
This is where it all started
Alexei Eliseev, current deputy of Maxim Bakiev, became the General Director of Kyrgyz Development Fund that is now the component of CADII. Obviously, the plan to involve Maxim Bakiev in big politics was prepared at least three years ago.
After the death of Medet Sadyrkulov (allegedly, he was close to Maxim Bakiev) the position of "reformers" group weakened. "Tradionalist" group, headed by president’s brother Janybek Bakiev and supported by all southern politicians, gained stronger positions. Nevertheless, it turned out to be temporary event and the current situation is very different.
The events of 2005 proved the Kyrgyz society is not used to vertical transition of power and it is very zealous about "family rule" in the county. Besides, the Kyrgyz society is ready to mobilize forces against clan rule in the top administration.
The Bakiev family hit two targets: it involves Maxim Bakiev in politics and turns it to the manager that concentrates significant resources. The parliament, controlled by president’s Ak-Jol party, creates necessary legal basis. On the other hand, it has to be underlined that majority party, supporting Kurmanbek Bakiev, is not able to control CADII, directly subordinate to the president.