President: Preserving the bonds of friendship and brotherhood, the atmosphere of peace and stability is our common duty
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the city of Nukus on 2 July.
As you know, these days in our country the discussion of the constitutional reform continues. According to the current legislation, Parliament is endowed with the power to amend the Basic Law. But the President proposed to consider the relevant draft law at a nationwide discussion and adopt it by referendum.
However, in some cases there is a misunderstanding of the interpretation of the essence of this issue. In particular, a group of people expressed dissatisfaction with some of the norms envisaged by the draft concerning the Republic of Karakalpakstan. As a result, on 1 July, demonstrations were organized on the central streets of the city of Nukus. Attempts were made to illegally seize the buildings of local government bodies.
In this regard, the head of state arrived in the city of Nukus and held a meeting with deputies of the Jokargy Kenes and representatives of the public of Karakalpakstan.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the constitutional reform is an issue of utmost importance for today’s and tomorrow’s life of our Motherland. During the discussions, our multinational people make many suggestions and recommendations.
According to the procedure, the promulgated draft Constitutional Law “On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan” will be held for a nationwide discussion. After that, based on the opinions and comments put forward by citizens, it will be finalized by the Legislative Chamber. Then the project will be submitted to the referendum of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and our citizens will express their will on this issue through free voting. Only after that, the amendments and additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan will have a legal character.
- In short, this process will take as long as it takes to improve the updated Constitution. In this work, we will act only in consultation with our people,” the President said.
This draft Constitutional Law, presented to the attention of our people, has not yet been adopted, but only submitted for public discussion. Taking this into account, as well as ethnic, cultural characteristics, national customs and values, the special legal status of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, I consider it necessary to leave the norms regarding legal status of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. That is, Articles 70, 71, 72, 74, 75 of the Constitution will remain unchanged.
- I repeat once again: careful preservation of the bonds of friendship and brotherhood, harmony and mutual respect that have been formed between the Uzbek and Karakalpak peoples over the centuries, the atmosphere of peace and stability reigning in our country is our common duty. Together we will definitely build New Uzbekistan, New Karakalpakstan!, the head of state noted.
It was emphasized that all reforms, their discussions, of course, must be carried out on the basis of democratic principles and legal norms.
At the same time, those who try to undermine peace, tranquility and public safety will be taken strict measures in accordance with the law. The Republic of Uzbekistan has enough forces and opportunities to practically ensure the principle “The law is above all, the punishment for a crime is inevitable”.
The President called on all our fellow citizens to unity and cohesion, to be prudent and not to succumb to various provocations and subversive actions.
During the meeting, deputies of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, representatives of the public spoke and spoke in support of the brotherhood and unity of our people.