Kyrgyzstan: Murky Deals Remain Norm in Parliament

Kyrgyzstan’s newly elected parliament is sworn in to the Supreme Council in the capital Bishkek. Since the ceremony in late October 2015, several of the parliament members have given up their seats voluntarily or have been pushed out by legal proceedings and scandal. (Photo: Kyrgyzstan Supreme Council)

In the months following the cleanest elections ever held in Kyrgyzstan, several elected deputies suddenly lost their seats, and, in the process, revealed the shadowy horse-trading that passes for politics in Central Asia’s most lively parliament.

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Anna Lelik is a Bishkek-based reporter.

Kyrgyzstan: Murky Deals Remain Norm in Parliament

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