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Kyrgyz Opposition Parties To Merge

United Kyrgyzstan leader Adakhan Madumarov (file photo)

United Kyrgyzstan leader Adakhan Madumarov (file photo)

BISHKEK -- Two Kyrgyz opposition parties headed by senior politicians under ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev say they will merge prior to the presidential election later this year, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The People's Democratic Party (EDP) led by Bakiev's former chief of personal security, Artur Medetbekov, and the United Kyrgyzstan party led by former parliament speaker and State Secretary Adakhan Madumarov vowed in a joint statement on May 13 to work together to tackle "the current social, economic, and political problems faced by ordinary people in Kyrgyzstan."

The two leaders said Kyrgyzstan's current leadership did not have a "concrete strategic plan" for removing the country from its "deep economic and political crisis."

United Kyrgyzstan was established in 2006. The EDP was founded last year immediately after Bakiev's ouster on April 7.

Neither of the two parties is represented in parliament.

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