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March 31, 2005
Kyrgyzstan: Are Further Revolutions Inevitable In The CIS?
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has concentrated power in his extended family. (file photo) Following uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan's President Askar Akaev last week became the third post-Soviet leader in recent months to be felled by a popular uprising. The speed of Akaev's demise surprised many observers, prompting questions about what made his regime so fragile. Some are now asking who will be next in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)?
March 25, 2005
Central Asia: Regional Officials Cautious As Oppositions Rejoice At Events In Kyrgyzstan
Putin (in file photo) broke a virtual silence among regional leaders on events in Kyrgyzstan The official response in Central Asia has been muted to the swift ouster of President Askar Akaev's administration on Thursday. Such caution is to be expected in a region populated by regimes with notoriously spotty records on democracy and human rights. Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped into that void during a visit to Armenia on Friday, condemning what he described as "illegitimate" efforts to overthrow the Kyrgyz government. But he also hastened to say that Moscow knows the Kyrgyz opposition well and wants to maintain relations with Bishkek.
March 24, 2005
Central Asia: Neighboring Opposition Movements Keep Close Eye On Kyrgyz Events
Will the Turkmen opposition be closer to unseating Saparmurat Niyazov? The uprising in Kyrgyzstan -- where weeks of opposition protests led to the storming of the government building on Thursday -- could mark Central Asia's first real departure from post-Soviet leadership. The governments of nearby Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan are watching developments in Kyrgyzstan with trepidation. But opposition leaders in these countries are following events with a different mindset.
March 16, 2005
Analysis: Elections In Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan -- Antidote To Revolution?
Does Kyrgyz President Akaev (voting above) have an elixir for "revolutions?" As Kyrgyz voters cast their ballots in second-round parliamentary elections on 13 March, President Askar Akaev confidently explained to Russia's RTR television network that a "vaccine" exists to prevent Georgian- and Ukrainian-style revolutions.
March 15, 2005
Central Asia: Cohabitation Of Wolves, Humans Proves Difficult
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March 04, 2005
Tajik Opposition Calls For Election Rerun
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov's party dominated the elections (file photo) 4 March 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Four opposition parties in Tajikistan have submitted their list of complaints to election officials. The parties are calling on the election commission to declare the 27 February's parliamentary elections null and void and to hold new elections.
March 02, 2005
Tajik Opposition Threatens To Boycott New Parliament
President Rakhmanov Dushanbe, 2 March 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Tajikistan's two opposition parties which won seats in Sunday's parliamentary elections say they will boycott parliament if their complaints of electoral violations are not properly investigated.
March 02, 2005
Analysis: Kyrgyz, Tajik Elections Present Familiar Issues, New Context
Voters in Kyrgyzstan on election day Viewed purely within the context of Central Asia's uneven engagement with democracy, parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on 27 February did not mark a radical departure from years past. Foreign observers and the domestic opposition pointed to the authorities' use of administrative resources and manipulation of the media environment.
March 01, 2005
Tajikistan: After Ruling Party Victory, What Next?
With votes still being counted from parliamentary elections on 27 February, Tajikistan's ruling People's Democratic Party is already celebrating victory. The party is led by President Imomali Rakhmonov. When Rakhmonov cast his vote, he all but announced his intention to run for president next year. Now that his party is set to increase its majority in parliament, it seems he will face few obstacles. RFE/RL looks at what the recent election means for Tajikistan and hopes that the country is advancing toward a more democratic form of government.
February 28, 2005
OSCE: Tajik Elections Fall Short Of Standards
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov (file photo) Prague, 28 February 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said today that parliamentary elections held in Tajikistan yesterday fell short of international standards.