Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Revisited
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Chart the course of reform in post-revolution Kyrgyzstan


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September 30, 2005 - Bakiyev Cabinet Approved

Parliament approves six of newly elected President Bakiyev's second-choice nominations to make up the first post-Akayev cabinet since the March revolution. The new cabinet, now missing only the first deputy prime minister, holds its first session on October 5.



October 20, 2005 - Third MP Murder

Parliamentarian Tynychbek Akmatbayev is killed in a prison revolt while visiting the facility's tuberculosis hospital. The following day, Akmatbayev's brother, Ryspek, widely believed to be a criminal authority, organizes mass protests in Bishkek to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Kulov, who he charges with orchestrating his brother's death. A peaceful pro-Kulov demonstration is held in response. The prison revolts are repeated on November 1; both uprisings are popularly said to be organized by inmate Aziz Batukayev, a longtime criminal boss and alleged enemy of Ryspek Akmatbayev.

From the Archives:
Political Situation Remains Tenuous In Kyrgyzstan
January 8, 2006 - Downed Olympian

Olympic wrestler Raatbek Sanatbayev is shot dead in Bishkek while running for the chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Olympic Committee, recently vacated after the murder of Bayaman Erkinbayev. Sanatbayev's death adds to growing concerns about Kyrgyzstan's stability and the perceived increased influence of criminal groups, frequently associated with athletic clubs. The chief of the National Security Service's anti-organized crime department is questioned in connection with the murder, then released. The National Security Service attempts to conceal the incident, but information leaked to parliament prompts further scandal.
January 25, 2006 - Akmatbayev: Ready to Run

Upon the acquittal of Ryspek Akmatbayev on charges of murdering a police officer, Prime Minister Kulov issues a statement, assailing National Security's chief, Tashtemir Aitbayev's anti-crime record. "The work of the NSS and some other state structures gives [the public] grounds for criticizing authorities' failure to fight crime and corruption," Kulov charges. Akmatbayev says he will run for his late brother's parliament seat, and promises to "strike Kulov in the face" if the two met "man to man."

From the Archives:
Political Showdown Brews In Kyrgyzstan
February 3, 2006 - Parliament "On Path of Confrontation"

In a surprise address to lawmakers, President Bakiyev accuses parliamentarians, led by Speaker Omurbek Tekebayev, of spending more time indulging in political intrigue than in fulfilling their legislative tasks. "[Parliament] has turned into a scene of political squabbles and become a source of instability," Bakiyev charges, calling on deputies to reduce their "involvement in vodka and other businesses." In response, Speaker Tekebayev accuses the presidential administration of having "squandered itself." On February 13 he asks parliament to accept his resignation, which it does two weeks later. Marat Sultanov is elected as the new speaker on March 2.

From the Archives:
Kyrgyzstan's Parliament Elects New Speaker



March 31, 2006 - Akmatbayev Protests: For and Against

Ryspek Akmatbayev's supporters of protest the Central Election Committee's decision to cancel his registration for the parliamentary by-election. On April 2, a Bishkek court annuls the CEC decision, and on April 3, the Supreme Court restores Akmatbayev's right to campaign for office. In response to the decision, non-governmental organizations on April 8 organize a peaceful march in Biskek to condemn the alleged growing influence of criminal groups. On April 9, Akmatbayev wins 79 percent of the votes, but is denied a parliamentary mandate while an appeals court considers murder charges brought against him.

From the Archives:
Protest Concerning Parliamentary By-Election Unsettles Kyrgyzstan
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