Kyrgyzstan

General Election on 4th October


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President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree setting the date for a general election as 4th October.

Elections to the 120 seat Jogorku Kenesh or Supreme Council last took place on 10th October 2010. At that election Ata-Zhurt or Fatherland, the party of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev (2005 – 2010) won 28 seats. President Almazbek Atambayev’s party, the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), came second with 26 seats and Ar-Namys or Dignity came third with 25 seats.

A newly formed party, Respublika Party of Kyrgyzstan, came fourth with 23 seats and the Ata-Meken (Fatherland) Socialist Party was the final party to enter parliament with 18 seats.

Prior to the 2010 elections, in the April President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted and in a subsequent referendum the people opted to do away with a presidential system and revert to a parliamentary system. The general election followed on from that decision.

Respublika, SDPK and Ata-Zhurt went on to form a coalition government which has drawn the country more into the sphere of its old alliance with the Russian Federation. On 21st May 2015 Kyrgyzstan joined the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

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