Kyrgyzstan Election Updates 2011


The October 30 presidential election, the fourth since Kyrgyzstan became independent in 1991, comes at a time of great uncertainty for the Central Asian state. Nineteen candidates are standing, but no clear front-runner has emerged.

Who Wants to Lead Kyrgyzstan?

From an initial 83 hopefuls, the Central Electoral Committee of Kyrgyzstan has finalised a list of 19 candidates who have met the requirements needed to stand.  Full list…

A Stripped-Down Presidency

Whoever is elected on October 30 will have fewer powers than any previous Kyrgyz head of state. Many candidates, however, say they would like to revert to the old system of strong centralised rule.  More…

Kyrgyzstan's Past Presidents

Kyrgyzstan was ruled continuously by Askar Akaev from 1990 to 2005, when he was forced out of power by mass protests. His replacement Kurmanbek Bakiev lasted until 2010, when he too was ousted in similar fashion. The current interim president, Roza Otunbaeva, is not standing for election.  More…

Almazbek Atambaev is sworn in as president of Kyrgyzstan on December 1. (Photo: Sultan Dosaliev/Kyrgyz presidential press office)
Photo Essay
2 Dec 11
President Atambaev shares inauguration ceremony stage with his predecessor as head of state – a first for Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia generally.
IWPR Insight
4 Nov 11
Elected on trust, incoming president Almazbek Atambaev needs to start coming up with solutions to some of Kyrgyzstan’s innumerable problems.
Voting in the October 30 presidential election. (Photo: Igor Kovalenko)
31 Oct 11
After landslide victory, Almazbek Atambaev may need to talk to two main rivals who have cried foul in election.
Voters in the October 2010 parliamentary election. (Photo: Igor Kovalenko)
19 Oct 11
Disillusioned and disoriented electorate unlikely to pick new president for his political views.