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Kyrgyzstan: Government Shakeup Highlighting Regional Rifts

Kyrgyzstan's regional rivalries are deepening, as various elite groups, especially those with their power bases in northern Kyrgyzstan, are growing discontent with recent personnel and organizational decisions made by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's administration.

Based on recent developments, including a far-reaching governmental restructuring announced on October 20, Bakiyev appears intent on shifting an increasing share of power into the hands of southerners. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

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Alisher Khamidov is a writer based in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: Government Shakeup Highlighting Regional Rifts

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