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Weaker parliament will emerge from Kyrgyz election

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Significance

The election is intended to close off a turbulent year that started with the October 2020 legislative polls, swiftly annulled amid mass protests and allegations of fraud, followed by a power grab by Sadyr Japarov, now president, and a constitutional reform. Campaigning has featured tried-and-tested techniques of voter bribery and intimidation that dilute the electoral process's democratic credentials.

Impacts

  • The imprisonment of many better-known elite figures reduces the electoral challenge facing Japarov's allies.
  • Around 8% of voters, mostly abroad, are disenfranchised because they lack biometric registration.
  • Japarov will use nationalist rhetoric cannily, scoring points against Tajikistan but professing loyalty to Russia.
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