Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party Nominates Presidential Candidate
Kyrgyzstan’s ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan has picked incumbent prime minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov as its nominee for the presidency, Kyrgyz media has reported, ending speculation that incumbent leader Almazbek Atambayev intends to extend his time in office.
Jeenbekov, an Atambayev loyalist from the southern region of Osh, was picked following a gathering of the parliamentary party on May 17.
Thanks to Atambayev’s evident backing he will immediately be viewed as a potential frontrunner for a ballot that seems likely to be pushed forward from November 19 to October 15 following a vote in parliament that took place the same day SDPK announced its decision on Jeenbekov.
With Jeenbekov’s candidacy confirmed, there will now be questions about when he resigns from his post given that the longer he controls levers of power in the state apparatus, the more he will be perceived to be at an advantage by his fellow competitors.
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