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Kyrgyzstan: Parties Prepare for Coalition Building after Landmark Elections

Election workers dump completed ballots onto a table to begin counting votes at a polling station in Osh. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

All in all, Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary elections couldn't have gone more smoothly. Now, with five parties qualifying for representation in the next parliament, attention in Bishkek is turning to the complex task of coalition building. The fragmented voting results may make it difficult to build a stable governing coalition under the country's new parliamentary system.

With few reported irregularities, international and local observers were quick to praise the October 10 elections to determine the composition of the 120-seat legislature. There is widespread relief that most parties have called the elections relatively fair and appear willing to accept the results. All regions appear to be adequately represented and potentially "destabilizing" parties have won seats, said Mars Sariev of the Institute of Social Policy in Bishkek.

In an October 11 statement, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe praised the vote for providing a "genuine choice." It also said the elections demonstrated a "further consolidation of the democratic process."

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan: Parties Prepare for Coalition Building after Landmark Elections

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