28 September 2011

Rumors of Atambaev's New Constitution

Excellent.  This will be a reasonable way to post now, especially since I have a suspicion that the elections might put even Kyrgyzstan over the edge on media censorship.  Last might Parliament banned foreign media from television for the next month.

In other news, we're hearing rumors that Almazbek Atambaev fully expects to be the next president and also wants to get a new constitution on the ballot next month.  A parliamentary system is nice if you're the Prime Minister, but not so much if you're the president.  He's angling for a return to a presidential system. 

But we can still be optimistic that this will be a free election and that there will be some competition. 

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