After an election that may go down as the most democratic in the history of Central Asia to date, Kyrgyzstan now faces the messy business of forming a government.
According to a provisional count, six parties cleared the 7-percent vote threshold in the October 4 election, thereby securing their place in the 120-seat parliament. While that outcome may ensure a broadly representative legislature, President Almazbek Atambayev and other figures close to the Social Democratic Party (SDPK), the leading vote-getter with 27.4 percent of the ballots, likely greeted the results with disappointment. Speaking after casting his ballot, Atambayev expressed hope for fewer parties.
“So that the government doesn’t change every year, it would be preferable for there to be no more than three parties,” he said.
The other parties that got into parliament are Respublika-Ata Jurt (20 percent), the Kyrgyzstan party (12.9 percent), Onuguu-Progress (9.3 percent), Bir Bol (8.5 percent) and Ata Meken (7.8 percent).
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Peter Leonard is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.