Friday, September 01, 2006

Kazakh Sultanat: Should Kazakhstan become a Constitutional Monarchy?

The president's son in-law, Rakhat Aliyev, appears to believe that a constitutional monarchy would be the best system of governance for Kazakhstan, or at least that is the gist of his latest article in the newspaper Karavan. Given that Mr. Aliyev was accused earlier this year by a former Kazakh security officer of being behind the murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayev, it is interesting that Mr. Aliyev has chosen the day after the sentencing of Sarsenbayev’s alleged killers to unveil his grand plan for a Kazakh Sultanat.

In some ways, Aliyev’s suggestion that Kazakhstan would be well served by a constitutional monarchy makes a lot of sense. I have often said the same (only half seriously) to friends about all of the Central Asian states given the sense of respect that is given to leaders in the region and the desire of the region’s present leaders to remain in power indefinitely. Let them and their families enjoy their privileged lot as long as it does not interfere with the real challenge of governance. The problem, of course, is that constitutional monarchies evolve from absolute monarchies and not from semi-authoritarian republics. A monarch classically draws his/her lineage from dynasties reaching back generations if not centuries and not from a bureaucrat who happened to inherit power after an empire has fallen. If the readers’ comments from the “zonakz” website are any indication, Kazakhstanis are not ready to swallow the pill that Mr. Aliyev is peddling, especially given how the plan would obviously benefit he who is suggesting it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a evil idea to make Kazakhstan a monarchy, Are you wanting another Osama Bin Laden, The only powerful monarchy in the world, is the one Osama came from, And he has upset world peace in a way that not North Korea, Cuba, or any other land has been capable of. Added to this Saudi Arabia has the lowest life expectancy per head of any land not infected by mass cases of HIV on Earth. No other country produced Osama Bin Laden, Not Iran, Sudan, Egypt, even the Islamist ridden Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden, so I can only assume you are an Al Qaeda agent, Maybe the one that comes from the future Kazakhstan should be called Al Ievada

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Down with Al Qaeda, down with Al leveda, that terrorist group who wants to make another bin laden , if he wants monarchy so much, why not make him a slave, as then the people of Kazakhstan can stay a republic, but he can have his feudal position that he loves, by beibngf a slave of them kept in a dungeon, as that is all he desrves

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say Sausi Arabia, has the lowest life espectancy per head of GDP, of any non HIV infected land on Earth

8:02 AM  

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