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Kyrgyzstan: A Year Since October 2020

Kyrgyzstan: A Year Since October 2020

By Catherine Putz
It’s been a year since Kyrgyzstan erupted in post-election protests and precipitated the fall of yet another government in Bishkek.
Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges

Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan will finally hold parliamentary elections in late November, more than a year after a botched election spun the country into political turmoil.

Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs

Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs

By Catherine Putz
The Interior Ministry justified the wiretaps as part of investigations into the October 2020 unrest.

Akayev Asks for Forgiveness Over Kumtor, Flies Back to Russia

Akayev Asks for Forgiveness Over Kumtor, Flies Back to Russia

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan’s first president admitted to making mistakes regarding the mine.

Upcoming Parliament Elections Present New Opportunities and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan

Upcoming Parliament Elections Present New Opportunities and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan

By Ilgiz Kambarov
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament will shrink and change after the next election, expected later this year, under new legislation and a new constitution.
Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained

Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained

By Catherine Putz
With another former prime minister arrested, the Kumtor case grows. Meanwhile, some have been released and others kept in custody.

Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation

Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation

By Catherine Putz
After 16 years, Askar Akayev returned to Kyrgyzstan in connection with the Kyrgyz state’s growing case against the Canadian mining company Centerra Gold.
Learning From Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections

Learning From Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections

By Colleen Wood
Local elections provide a window into the state of Kyrgyz politics – and what might come next in the three decade-long game of political musical chairs.

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 

By Catherine Putz
The indifference of many and the votes of some have ushered in Kyrgyzstan’s next political phase: a return to strong presidentialism. 

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11

By Catherine Putz
The April 11 vote covers 420 village council elections and 28 town and city council elections, plus a controversial constitutional referendum.

Local Council Elections a Big Test for Kyrgyzstan’s 2019 Gender Quota Law

Local Council Elections a Big Test for Kyrgyzstan’s 2019 Gender Quota Law

By Colleen Wood
The gender quota in local councils is no panacea, but it is an important step in creating the capacity to address the challenges women face in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan Expected to Greenlight Controversial Constitutional Referendum

Kyrgyzstan Expected to Greenlight Controversial Constitutional Referendum

By Catherine Putz
The referendum, the second this year, is likely to be set for April 11.

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