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Qishloq Ovozi

Sunday 3 December 2017

Kyrgyzstan's new president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov (left) shakes hands with his predecessor, Almazbek Atambaev, after his inauguration on November 24.

In the latest Majlis podcast we look at some of the challenges new Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov faces, particularly in light of his predecessor's turbulent last weeks in office.

Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's media relations manager, moderated the discussion.

Timur Toktonaliev, the Kyrgyzstan editor for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, took part in the Majlis from Bishkek. Joining the discussion from Washington was Catherine Putz, who is a managing editor at The Diplomat magazine and also the author of many articles about Central Asia. I'm simply addicted to Kyrgyzstan’s politics, so I couldn’t resist saying a few things 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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