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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