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Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

Almazbek Atambayev holds his final press conference as president of Kyrgyzstan

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev should count himself lucky. Instead of being excoriated for the political sins he committed, he is mostly being celebrated for those he didn’t.
 
This is a historic moment — not just for Kyrgyzstan, but for all of Central Asia. Atambayev is set to become the first elected president to make way for another leader chosen by a popular vote. His long-time ally and anointed political heir Sooronbai Jeenbekov will be sworn into office on November 24. Jeenbekov won a contentious election in October, garnering 54 percent of the vote.
 

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