Kyrgyzstan

PONARS Eurasia 28 Oct 2020
(Atlantic Council) The new president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, has come to power in the most unusual circumstances. Kyrgyzstan has faced such extraordinary instability because political leaders had institutional incentives that encouraged corruption. With one six-year term mandated by the constitution, short time horizons meant that presidents prepared for their departure as soon as they...
Shairbek Juraev 12 Oct 2020
(Crossroads Central Asia) Kyrgyzstan plunged into an acute political crisis following the 4 October 2020 parliamentary elections. The events exposed a complete bankruptcy of the country’s political establishment. For several days, Bishkek’s streets turned into a scene of warlords, with crowds racing to take control over buildings and squares in the country’s capital. What has happened in...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2020
(Atlantic Council) Atlantic Council experts respond to the recent instability in Kyrgyzstan and what it means for the region and the international community. Jennifer Murtazashvili: Kyrgyzstan’s long-term stability will depend on ability to find new governance and electoral arrangements. The events in Kyrgyzstan are driven by internal factors, most notably by dashed hopes for change...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Oct 2020
(Emerging Europe) Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission has annulled the results of a parliamentary election held on October 4 following a day and night of violent clashes in the capital Bishkek, during which demonstrators broke into the country’s parliament. The election now looks set to be re-run. Video footage widely distributed on social media showed people in the office of the...