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Kyrgyzstan: Some Parties Playing Nationalist Card in Parliamentary Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s Ata-Meken party holds a political rally at an outdoor stadium in Osh. (Photo: David Trilling)

As Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary election campaign intensifies, some observers worry it can stir up still-raw emotions connected to this summer’s violent clashes in the South.

Twenty-nine political parties have registered to participate in the October 10 elections, which will determine the composition of the 120-seat legislature. Many of the parties are little more than vehicles for individual politicians. [For background see EursasiaNet’s archives].

With the atmosphere following interethnic violence in June still heated, some parties are appealing to nationalist emotions. And just days into the official campaign season, the rhetoric is reaching an alarming level, according to Edil Baisalov, Otunbayeva’s former chief of staff and the current leader of the Aikol El Party. “Some political leaders lack the social responsibility to refrain from kindling strife in their speeches,” Baisalov told EurasiaNet.org.

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Ulan Temirov is the pseudonym for a journalist based in Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan: Some Parties Playing Nationalist Card in Parliamentary Election Campaign

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