Publications — 2020

Protests Over Stolen Elections in Kyrgyzstan. Where is the country headed this time?

Democracy is often defined as a game with predictable rules and unpredictable results. Kyrgyzstan is comparatively closer to this definition than its Central Asian neighbours, where electoral rules are bent to ensure the anticipated victories for incumbents. The Kyrgyz parliamentary elections held on October 4 and the ensuing protests and popular revolt were another case showing how different this country is from its neighbours, but also tests whether the current political dynamic can be one further step towards democratization.
Author: Medet Tiulegenov