Kyrgyzstan

Country Kyrgyzstan
Capital Bishkek
Continent Asia
Currency Som(KGS)
Languages Kyrgyz & Russian

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Introduction

A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, most of Kyrgyzstan was formally annexed to Russia in 1876. The Kyrgyz staged a major revolt against the Tsarist Empire in 1916 in which almost one-sixth of the Kyrgyz population was killed. Kyrgyzstan became a Soviet republic in 1936 and achieved independence in 1991 when the USSR dissolved. Nationwide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the ouster of President Askar AKAEV, who had run the country since 1990. Subsequent presidential elections in July 2005 were won overwhelmingly by former prime minister Kurmanbek BAKIEV. Over the next few years, the new president manipulated the parliament to accrue new powers for himself. In July 2009, after months of harassment against his opponents and media critics, BAKIEV won re-election in a presidential campaign that the international community deemed flawed. In April 2010, nationwide protests led to the resignation and expulsion of BAKIEV. He was replaced by Acting President Roza OTUNBAYEVA who called for new elections in six months time. Continuing concerns include: endemic corruption, poor interethnic relations, and terrorism.

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Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle - The Diplomat

The Diplomat

Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle
The Diplomat
On Monday, Kyrgyzstan had notified the Eurasian Economic Commission of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) about the situation on the border. For more than a week, Kazakhstan has imposed increased security and customs checks at the Kyrgyz border ...
Kyrgyzstan's Thorny Road: Sooronbay Zheenbayev Inherits Burdensome Legacy From His PredecessorThe Jamestown Foundation
Kyrgyzstan complains of Kazakhstan restricting border tradeDaily Mail
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan agree on priority order of crossing border for individuals and transportAKIpress (press release)
AzerNews (blog) -RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty -IHS Jane's 360
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Kyrgyzstan holds an election that was not a foregone conclusion - The Economist

The Economist

Kyrgyzstan holds an election that was not a foregone conclusion
The Economist
AS THE young man hesitated, golden autumn leaves drifted down onto the streets of Bishkek, the relaxed capital of Kyrgyzstan. “It's a choice between old and new. I can't decide,” he explained, as he hovered outside the polling station. The choice was ...
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on October 18, 2017MFA China
Observers see 'significant and numerous' problems at Kyrgyzstan voteBusiness Insider
Uzbek head congratulates president-elect of KyrgyzstanAzerNews (blog)
Realnoe vremya -Chatham House (blog) -The Diplomat
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Kyrgyzstan eyes peaceful transfer of power after poll - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Kyrgyzstan eyes peaceful transfer of power after poll
Aljazeera.com
Omurbek Babanov, who lost Kyrgyzstan's bitterly-fought presidential election to Sooronbai Jeenbekov, on Monday seemed willing to accept the result without challenge, paving the way for the republic's first peaceful transfer of power. Jeenbekov is to ...
Protégé of Kyrgyzstan's President Looks Set for Surprise VictoryNew York Times
Kyrgyzstan: Sooronbai Jeenbekov set to win presidential electionDeutsche Welle
Jeenbekov Wins Kyrgyzstan's Presidential ElectionBloomberg
BBC News -RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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Kyrgyzstan: President-Elect Should Make Rights a Priority - Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Kyrgyzstan: President-Elect Should Make Rights a Priority
Human Rights Watch
“A competitive presidential election took place in Kyrgyzstan, but concerns expressed by election monitors, including about media restrictions, underscore the continued need for reforms,” said Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch.
In Kyrgyzstan ended with the vote in the presidential electionsGears Of Biz

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Kyrgyz, Kazakh Leaders Reportedly Agree To Ease Border Bottleneck - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Kyrgyz, Kazakh Leaders Reportedly Agree To Ease Border Bottleneck
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have reportedly agreed on steps to ease a severe bottleneck on the border and speed the flow of traffic between the two countries. The agreement came in talks that ended late on October 18 between Kazakh Prime Minister ...



Kyrgyzstan bucks the central Asian trend for rigged elections | World ... - The Guardian

The Guardian

Kyrgyzstan bucks the central Asian trend for rigged elections | World ...
The Guardian
The former Soviet republic is a democratic regional anomaly, where the president will not win 105% of the vote on Sunday. Shaun Walker reports from Bishkek.
Kyrgyz trade unions vow to protect labour rights ahead of Sunday's ...Equal Times
Will Kyrgyz Democracy Pass Its Next Test? | The DiplomatThe Diplomat

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Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Undertake Resolving Their Water Disputes - The Jamestown Foundation

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Undertake Resolving Their Water Disputes
The Jamestown Foundation
Kambat-Ata 1 is a large hydropower station Kyrgyzstan has been planning to build for some time. The project was vehemently opposed by Uzbekistan under its previous president, Islam Karimov, for fear the dam would block large amounts of water upriver ...



MP necessitates provision of clean water in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan despite other projects - AKIpress (press release)

AKIpress (press release)

MP necessitates provision of clean water in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan despite other projects
AKIpress (press release)
AKIPRESS.COM - The Government of Kyrgyzstan should find the funds for provision of clean water in rural areas of the country, even to the detriment of other projects, member of the Parliament Saidolimjon Jurayev (SDPK party) said today the Parliament's ...

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Lukashenko sends greetings to Kyrgyzstan president-elect Jeenbekov - Belarus News (BelTA)

Belarus News (BelTA)

Lukashenko sends greetings to Kyrgyzstan president-elect Jeenbekov
Belarus News (BelTA)
“By their voting the citizens of Kyrgyzstan supported the focus on ensuring social and political stability, progressive economic development of the state and further strengthening of its authority on the international arena,” the message of greetings ...

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14 Tweets from Kyrgyzstan's Colourful, Competitive and Concerning Presidential Vote - Global Voices Online (blog)

Global Voices Online (blog)

14 Tweets from Kyrgyzstan's Colourful, Competitive and Concerning Presidential Vote
Global Voices Online (blog)
Formerly communist Kyrgyzstan is the only country in its authoritarian neighbourhood to host genuinely competitive presidential elections. To the north of the mountainous Central Asian republic lies Kazakhstan, which has been ruled by 77-year-old ...