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Omurbek Babanov

Babanov’s Back: Kyrgyz Presidential Runner-up Returns
August 13, 2019

Babanov’s Back: Kyrgyz Presidential Runner-up Returns

By Catherine Putz
Perhaps Babanov thinks the Kyrgyz authorities have their hands full?

In Kyrgyzstan, Babanov Cases Losing Steam
September 20, 2018

In Kyrgyzstan, Babanov Cases Losing Steam

By Catherine Putz
Former presidential hopeful Omurbek Babanov was the subject of two highly political investigations. One has been suspended.
New Charges Levied Against Former Kyrgyz Presidential Candidate
April 02, 2018

New Charges Levied Against Former Kyrgyz Presidential Candidate

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz authorities have opened an investigation into whether Omurbek Babanov plotted to stage a coup after the October 2017 election.

A New Kyrgyz President Takes Over in Bishkek
November 24, 2017

A New Kyrgyz President Takes Over in Bishkek

By Catherine Putz
Almazbek Atambayev steps down and Sooronbai Jeenbekov steps up.

Kyrgyz President Atambayev Set to Hand Successor a Massive Bilateral Headache
November 16, 2017

Kyrgyz President Atambayev Set to Hand Successor a Massive Bilateral Headache

By Catherine Putz
The Kazakh-Kyrgyz rift continues to widen as Atambayev's presidency wanes.

A Vote for Stability Steers Southerner to Success in Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election
October 24, 2017

A Vote for Stability Steers Southerner to Success in Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election

By Najam Abbas
The October 15 vote raises expectations of policy continuity in a country that has to balance regional, strategic interests.

Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle
October 19, 2017

Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan has stymied trade at the border, but the quicksand poured first from President Atambayev’s mouth.
Kyrgyz Election Brings High Expectations, but Mixed Results for Voters
October 18, 2017

Kyrgyz Election Brings High Expectations, but Mixed Results for Voters

By Abhi Goyal
As some voters celebrate the conclusion of the vote, others vent frustration with government pressure and broken systems.

Will Kyrgyz Democracy Pass Its Next Test?
October 12, 2017

Will Kyrgyz Democracy Pass Its Next Test?

By Stanislav Pritchin
The outcome of this weekend's election usher in an unprecedented transfer of power between elected presidents.

Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Campaigns Kick Off
September 13, 2017

Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Campaigns Kick Off

By Catherine Putz
The election, slated for October 15, will decide who takes over from Almazbek Atambayev.

Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
August 08, 2017

Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge

By Catherine Putz
The leaders of three parties say they’re joining forces in the upcoming election.
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
July 24, 2017

Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics

By Catherine Putz
In a lengthy press conference, Kyrgyzstan's president answers questions on scandals past and present.

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