Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Losers’ Grip on Parliamentary Power Base Falters
Now that Kyrgyzstan’s ruling party candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov has his presidential election win safely in the bag, the pair who posed the biggest obstacle to his victory are finding their parliamentary power bases under siege.
The alliance struck between business magnate Omurbek Babanov and southern political heavyweight Bakyt Torobayev was thought to be the former’s best chance of taking the October 15 vote to a second round.
In the end, the deal, which saw Torobayev withdraw from the presidential race in exchange for a pledge from Babanov that he would become the next prime minister, failed to do the job.
Jeenbekov scored twice as many votes as Babanov in the Jalal-Abad region where Torobayev was born and where his Onuguu-Progress faction beat the ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, or SDPK, in municipal elections earlier this year.
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