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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court Rejects Monitor’s Electoral Fraud Complaint (RFE RL)

The Kyrgyz Supreme Court has refused to review a major electoral fraud claim by a monitoring group, saying an official deadline to file complaints about the November 28 parliamentary election process has expired.

The court’s announcement came on December 17, just hours before the final election results were about to be announced.

Time’s Up: Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court Rejects Monitor’s Electoral Fraud Complaint (rferl.org)

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Canada Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Files Lawsuit Against Canada’s Centerra Gold Amid Ongoing Standoff (RFE RL)

Kyrgyzstan has filed a lawsuit against Canada’s Centerra Gold company, accusing it of violating the rights of employees at the Kumtor gold mine, which the Canadian firm ran for many years.

Kumtor officials told RFE/RL on December 16 that the lawsuit was filed over Centerra’s alleged blocking of user and administrator access to Kumtor’s computers from May 2021, just after the Kyrgyz government took what it calls “temporary” control of operations at the mine.

Kyrgyzstan Files Lawsuit Against Canada’s Centerra Gold Amid Ongoing Standoff (rferl.org)

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Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan

Water Under The Bridge? Kyrgyzstan’s Liquid Transfer To Kazakhstan Causes Controversy Amid Major Shortages (Bruce Pannier, RFE RL)

When Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin thanked Kyrgyz cabinet chief Akylbek Japarov for the extra water Bishkek provided to Kazakhstan this summer, he had no idea how much trouble it would cause.

At a December 8 meeting in Nur-Sultan, Mamin expressed gratitude for the extra liquid resource that Kyrgyzstan released from its massive Toktogul Reservoir into a river that goes to Kazakhstan.

Water Under The Bridge? Kyrgyzstan’s Liquid Transfer To Kazakhstan Causes Controversy Amid Major Shortages (rferl.org)

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstani Parliamentary Elections Strengthen President Japarov’s Rule (Serik Rymbetov, The Jamestown Foundation)

On November 28, Kyrgyzstan held early parliamentary elections, which capped a year of hectic electoral activity—inaugurated with the January presidential vote won by then–prime minister Sadyr Japarov and continued with a nationwide constitutional referendum in April. The latest elections took place within the framework of a newly amended Constitution. The single-chamber Kyrgyzstani parliament, formally known as the Supreme Council (Jogorku Kenesh), had previously consisted of 120 deputies, all of whom had been elected in accordance with the proportional voting system based on party lists (TASS, Kabar.kg, Akipress.org, November 28; Shailoo.gov.kz, Kloop.kg, April 12; 24.kg, January 11; Radio Azattyk, January 10).

Kyrgyzstani Parliamentary Elections Strengthen President Japarov’s Rule – Jamestown

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Kyrgyzstan

Suspect In Attack On Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Detained (RFE RL)

A man suspected of being among several attackers of the leader of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition Ata-Meken (Homeland) political party, Omurbek Tekebaev, has been detained in the capital, Bishkek.

The Bishkek city police department said on December 2 that the suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, had been arrested overnight and placed in a detention center.

Suspect In Attack On Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Detained (rferl.org)

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Attacked Amid Calls For New Vote (RFE RL)

Unknown assailants have attacked the leader of a Kyrgyz opposition party that has refused to recognize the results of a weekend parliamentary election.

Ata-Meken (Homeland) leader Omurbek Tekebaev said the December 1 assault took place in the Park Hotel restaurant in Bishkek, after around 70 men wearing black clothes and face masks arrived there in several minibuses.

Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Attacked Amid Calls For New Vote (rferl.org)

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Opposition Parties Reject Preliminary Election Results Citing Fraud, Demand New Vote

Kyrgyz opposition parties have rejected the preliminary results of the November 28 parliamentary elections, accusing the Central Election Commission (BShK) of fraud.

In a press conference in Bishkek late on November 28, the leaders of four opposition parties — Ata-Meken (Fatherland), Azattyk (Liberty), Social-Democrats, and Uluttar Birimdigi (Unity of Ethnicities) — demanded that the authorities annul the results and call a new election.

Kyrgyz Opposition Parties Reject Preliminary Election Results Citing Fraud, Demand New Vote (rferl.org)

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Kyrgyzstan

Five Takeaways From The Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections (Bruce Pannier, RFE RL)

The preliminary results from the November 28 parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan show good early results for pro-government parties amid a low-voter turnout in the country of some 6 million people and charges by the opposition of vote-count fraud.

The elections will determine who gets the 90 seats in the unicameral parliament, down from 120 in the previous legislature after a nationwide referendum approved changes to the constitution that gave the president and his government far greater powers.

Five Takeaways From The Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections (rferl.org)

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Officials Announce Detention Of Alleged Coup Plotters Ahead Of Elections (RFE RL)

Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security (UKMK) has announced the arrest of 15 suspects in an alleged coup plot, just two days before elections in the country’s fourth major vote in a little over a year.

The UKMK said the alleged plotters included lawmakers in the Jogorku Kenesh, the unicameral legislature, and former high-ranking officials but did not identify any suspects.

Kyrgyz Officials Announce Detention Of Alleged Coup Plotters Ahead Of Elections (rferl.org)

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