Friday, May 5, 2017
Growing tensions as Kyrgyzstan heads towards elections.
Kyrgyzstan has seen a series of demonstrations in response to a clampdown on opposition ahead of the November 19 presidential election. President Almazbek Atambayev is not standing again but has acted to remove political opponents, probably to smooth the way for a nominated successor. Protests thus far have been too small and isolated to point to an impending uprising of the kind that ousted Kyrgyz presidents in 2005 and 2010.
- Atambayev will seek Moscow's support in the electoral process.
- The economic outlook is stable in Kyrgyz terms, with 2017 growth expected to be slightly slower than last year's 3.8%.
- Labour migration will support household incomes and thus help defuse one source of unrest.