Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Kyrgyzstan Nominates President For Reelection

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev  Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
Kyrgyzstan's President Kurmanbek Bakiev was nominated by his party on May 1 for reelection in a July vote amid growing tensions with the opposition of the impoverished Central Asian state.

The opposition has accused authorities of clamping down on critics ahead of the presidential election, a charge which Bakiev has strongly denied.

In July's vote Bakiev will face opposition candidate Almazbek Atambaev, a former prime minister and ally.

"The decision has been made unanimously. Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been nominated as a candidate," Ak Zhol deputy chairman Avtandil Arabayev said at a party congress on May 1.

Bakiev came to power shortly after a disputed parliamentary election in 2005 triggered violent protests and forced long-serving leader Askar Akaev to flee the country.

Atambaev was one of Bakiev's staunch supporters but later switched sides, accusing Bakiev of corruption and running Kyrgyzstan like a personal fiefdom.

Russia and the West are watching Kyrgyzstan for any signs of unrest. The geographically strategic nation hosts a Russian air base and announced in February that it would close a U.S. base.

Most Popular

Editor's Picks