Kyrgyzstan parliamentary election expected to bolster the president
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Kyrgyzstan parliamentary election expected to bolster the president

Kyrgyzstan parliamentary election expected to bolster the president

– Kyrgyzstan will elect a new parliament on Sunday, a year after rioting deposed the government during an election.

Political observers predict President Sadyr Japarov’s supporters to win the vote after a low-key campaign, strengthening his hold on the Central Asian nation with close links to Russia and China.

Kyrgyzstan parliamentary election expected to bolster the president

Kyrgyzstan parliamentary election expected to bolster the president

Moscow can project influence throughout the area, including to Afghanistan, thanks to a Russian military airbase in Kyrgyzstan.

 

Kasparov, 52, rose to power in the aftermath of the parliamentary elections in October 2020, the results of which a number of political groups refused to acknowledge.

 

Kasparov was released from jail after completing a term for a political stunt involving the abduction of a regional governor. Within days, he became prime minister and subsequently campaigned for president on a nationalist and populist platform.

 

Aside from pushing through constitutional reform strengthening the presidency, Japarov’s major step so far has been the de facto nationalization of the giant Kumtor gold operated by Canada’s Centerra Gold (CG.TO), precipitating an ongoing legal battle.

Kasparov has maintained the former Soviet republic’s traditionally close ties with Russia and dismissed suggestions of allowing the United States to establish a military base in the country in addition to the existing Russian facility.

This week the state security service headed by Japarov’s close ally said it had prevented a coup planned by a group of unnamed former senior officials and parliament members.

About 1,300 candidates from 21 political parties are contesting 90 parliamentary seats in Sunday’s vote under a mixed system under which some seats are assigned to constituencies and others distributed between parties.

“I have voted for someone based on their track record, for the people whose work I have seen,” Bakytbek, a 35-year-old construction engineer, said after voting at a polling station where coronavirus precautions involved voters having temperature checks from people clad in protective suits before being allowed to enter.

“In terms of what they promise, all candidates are the same.”

Early results of the vote are expected shortly after the polls close at 8 pm local time (1400 GMT).

 

 

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