Kyrgyzstan Democracy Watch

by Nathan Hamm on 1/17/2005 · 1 comment

IWPR has a good summary of the situation surrounding the recent protests. The protests are currently on hold pending a parliamentary hearing today on amendments to the election code. The troubling provision is the recently included law that effectively bars former ambassadors from running for office by requiring residency in Kyrgyzstan for five years prior to running for office.

Meanwhile, President Akayev and his administration are continuing to sound nutty.

The first deputy head of the presidential administration Bolot Dzhanuzakov said at a seminar today,

“January protests by the opposition show that certain political forces do not want to comply with current laws. Their goal is destabilization at any cost and the usurpation of power,” Dzhanuzakov said.

“Law enforcement departments must provide for law and order under these complicated circumstances,” he said. “We must prevent conflicts and shows. We must be firm.”

And, check out the statements in the following story about a new law to discourage protests.

Kyrgyzstan has introduced strict new rules to curb street protests in a sign of growing nervousness that popular protests in Ukraine and Georgia could be repeated.

The country holds parliamentary elections in late February and a presidential vote in October. The opposition has threatened President Askar Akayev with a velvet revolution.

Akayev’s spokesman Abdil Segizbayev on Friday accused unnamed foreigners of fomenting unrest.

“In principle, just the same scenario was tested in Yugoslavia, in Georgia, and the same was done in Ukraine,” Segizbayev said. “Whichever way you look at it, what is happening in Kyrgyzstan right now is a classic example of ‘velvet revolution technology’ in action.”

Bishkek Mayor Medetbek Kerimkulov said on state television late Thursday that those arranging rallies would be obliged to notify the authorities in writing 10 days in advance and declare the number of participants. Should a rally be allowed, it must be held in a tiny secluded square, he said.


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