Bermet Akaeva had this week appealed a decision by the Kemin district court which barred her from running in a by-election set for April 29.
But today's decision by the country's highest court in Bishkek upheld the Kemin district court's ruling, which said Akaeva lacked the required length-of-residence to be a candidate.
Opposition protests in Bishkek on April 11 (TASS)
TAKING TO THE STREETS. Edil Baisalov, president of the largest grassroots network in Kyrgyzstan, discussed the political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan at an RFE/RL briefing in Washington. He addressed the question of whether the unrest is a healthy democratic process or a bid to derail the country's fragile democratic transition.
LISTENListen to the entire briefing (about 70 minutes):
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