Ata-Jurt leader Kamchybek Tashiev in his party's Bishkek headquarters on October 13 (David Trilling)
During Kyrgyzstan’s surprisingly peaceful parliamentary election campaign, Kamchybek Tashiev was one of the most divisive candidates. As a leader of the party with the most votes, Ata-Jurt, he is now set for one of the most prominent positions in a future government.
Ata-Jurt has been accused of nationalism and attempting to restore the unpopular regime that collapsed in April. Several top party officials were high-ranking members of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s government, including Tashiev, who served for two years as Bakiyev’s emergencies minister. Tashiev has criticized the parliamentary system enshrined in a new constitution voters approved in June, called for a stronger president, and said the American airbase at Manas “should not be on the territory of our country.”