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Majlis Podcast: What Are Candidates' Chances In Kyrgyz Presidential Election?


The leader of the Ak-Shumkar party, presidential candidate Temir Sariev (right), meets with local residents during his election campaign event in the village of Kun-tuu, near the capital of Bishkek, on September 11.

Campaigning for the October 15 presidential election officially started on September 10, when Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission announced the names of the 13 people who qualified to run in the race.

Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's media relations manager, moderated the discussion in this week's podcast.

From Bishkek, Timur Tokotonaliev, Central Asia editor from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, took part in the conversation. From Boston, an old friend of the Majlis, Bakyt Beshimov, professor at Northeastern University in Boston and also a former deputy in Kyrgyzstan's parliament, joined the talk. And I had a few things to say also.

Listen to the podcast above or subscribe to the Majlis on iTunes.

About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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