04/01-2011 07:21, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency , by Aizada KUTUEVA
President for transitional period of Kyrgyzstan went abroad to spend vacation. On New Year eve multiple eyewitnesses saw her in Manas international airport, flying away by Turkish airlines.
According to some mass media, Roza Otunbayeva went to Italy. Staff of president does not comment upon this information. Its press-service limited itself by short message: “Kyrgyz president Roza Otunbayeva took short-term vacation from December 30, 2010 to January 14, 2011 inclusive.”
24.kg news agency decided to find out from its respondents how suitable decision of Roza Otunbayeva, head of the country, to have New Year holidays is.
Colonel-general Abdygul Chotbayev, former commander of National Guard of the Kyrgyz Republic
-It is hard to say what motives of president for transitional period were, when she took such decision. Most likely she followed the lead of presidents of other countries, who usually spend New Year holidays abroad. As for me, I think she should not have to leave on vacation when country has such difficult economic, socio-political situation. By the way, in conversations some of my friends expressed their opinion that such decision was inappropriate. It is not necessary to irritate society once again.
Daniyar Umuraliyev, member of Our Right public association:
-Everything depends on if vacation of Roza Otunbayeva contradicts Labor code of the Kyrgyz Republic or not. If it does not then she has the right, just like any other citizen of the country, to spend vacation wherever she likes. If term of her service does not allow her having such vacation, then, of course, such vacation is inappropriate. But I hope that even having vacation head of the country will not just lie on the beach, but bring some new preferences to Kyrgyzstan. Status of Roza Isakovna accompanies her wherever she is, even on the beach.
Dastan Bekeshev, Ar-Namys faction deputy of Kyrgyz Parliament:
- Roza Otunbayeva is also a human. Country established legitimate power. Now her functions reduced. Task of the head of the country now is to put her signature under decrees. She can do it even during her vacation. That is why I think that Roza Otunbayeva needs vacation. She can reconsider everything during vacation and start her job with new strength. Another question is – at whose expense her Italian vacation. If it at her own expense then always welcome, but if it at the expense of the state then I think she could think about economy of budget funds.
Timur Shayhutdinov, member of Liberal Youth Club:
-It is complex question. If head of state received deserved on Labor Code vacation, then she has a right for it. But I think it was not really correct to have vacation, when all citizens of the country started working on January 3 and were deprived of holidays.
Anna Makarova, chief of Accent public association:
-What holidays and vacations are you talking about? Now head of the country and Parliament more than ever must work hard. Nation was waiting for too long of legitimate power establishment, solution of problems, recovery of economy. There is very difficult situation in regions now. It is much harder for villagers to live than for town people. In two months we will have agricultural works. There is such opinion that authorities do not care about it, they continue dividing posts. Thus I think that decisions of Roza Otunbayeva and Parliament to have vacation to be inappropriate.
Anara Dautaliyeva, chief of Taza Tabigat public association:
-I think it is appropriate. I think she can allow herself having vacation, especially taking into account how difficult year 2010 was, and weight Roza Otunbayeva carried on her shoulders. It will be some kind of examination of men from government and Parliament, if they are able to accept relay power.
Zamira Boskunchiyeva, worker of bookmaking office:
-I think that it was unreasonable idea. It is not time to rest now, when there is complete disorderliness in the country. I, for example, feel hurt for country citizens. Why someone has a right for holidays and others do not? It would be good to render holidays till January 10 to everybody.