Several Protests in Kyrgyzstan Over Alleged Vote Rigging


Elections are part and parcel of every democratic state present in the world. And in as much as there is a democracy, there must be a winner and a loser. On many occasions, it is usually difficult for the losing party to accept defeat. Especially if there were greater anticipations from the public and the party on winning. Many times, these results are met with protests and claims of rigged votes. This scenario is not far from what Kyrgyzstan is currently facing. After parliamentary election results were released on Sunday, two pro-government parties had won 107 out of 120 contested seats.

Kyrgyzstan elections results

Based on the votes cast, the Central Asian country’s election authority disclosed the following results. The Birimdik (unity) party of president Sooronbay Jeenbekov`s supporters took the lead with 24.53% of the votes. Mekenim Kyrgyzstan (my motherland Kyrgyzstan) comes second with 22.2%. This coalition majorly included former coalition members and ex-opposition MPs. This party has at all costs evaded being allied with or being at opposition to the president.

Although the results are not yet completely out. Currently, four out of the sixteen parties contesting have managed to go beyond the seven percentile mark. The other two are Kyrgyzstan and Butum Kyrgyzstan.

Protests update

Close to 3000 people taking protests to the streets to layout their disagreements on the election results on Monday. According to Charles Stratford, an Al Jazeera reporter, people were very much displeased with the results. Allegations about vote-buying, accompanied by substantial evidence, was in play. The opposition leaders are urging the protests to match until the final results are out.

Potential rivalries

The main conflict lies between two clans. The Jeenbekov’s and the Matraimov clans. This is after Mekenim Kyrgyzstan included Iskender Matraimov into the party. Apparently, Matraimov belongs to a mighty local clan. Birimdik`s ticket has also included Jeenbekov`s brother, Asylbek.

Given Central Asia-focused analyst, Alexander Knyazev, a much greater risk of the protests lies ahead. This is in line with the rising tension of Mekenim Kyrgyzstan supporters regarding the elections favoring the president’s allies. However, the two clans have avoided drawing much attention to the ongoing rivalry.


There is also an uncertainty going on concerning the rise of pro-government conflict. This might result in great political instability compared to the protests. With 6.5 million populations, the country has not recorded positive feedback politically over the past 15 years. History has it that the third president is serving his jail term after a rough fall out with his successor.







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