Nine in the Running

by Nathan Hamm on 5/3/2005

Kyrgyzstan’s presidential race looks like it will have nine contenders.

Bakiyev, Ar-Namys Party leader Felix Kulov, Prof. Zhenishbek Nazarliyev, Social Democratic Party leader and head of the Forum Company Almazbek Atambayev, politician Kubanychbek Apas, businessman Nurbek Turdukulov, former emergency situations minister Temirbek Akmataliyev and parliamentarian Bayaman Erkinbayev have announced their wish to run for president.

My Country Party leader Dzhoomart Otorbayev may announce his presidential ambitions at the party congress on May 21.


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