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Thursday, February 15, 2018

International scandal: Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan accused of meddling in presidential election

President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev once again issued a strong critical statement in the address of Kazakhstan and personally President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Atambayev accused Astana of meddling in the upcoming elections in the country, scheduled on October 15. According to him, Kyrgyzstan shows a “bad” example for the current government of Kazakhstan, to plunder the wealth of their country.

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A dramatic statement of the President made on Saturday during the ceremony of presenting state awards. First, he said it in Russian, and then duplicated in the Kyrgyz language. The reason for the extremely emotional speech was the audio recording of the conversation of the former candidate in presidents of Kyrgyzstan Bakyt torobaeva, eve who withdrew his candidacy in favor of former Prime Minister and businessman Omurbek Babanov, that he and baranovym intends to do business when he becomes President of the country. It is not excluded that further oil on the fire poured the morning’s tragedy — Saturday early morning in the accident died the Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Temir of Djumakadyrov.

“Our country for these candidates, the commercial wad. I still hold fair elections,” — said Atambayev, whose term expires on December 1, and for a new term to run, it may not in the Constitution.

The head of Kyrgyzstan believes that Kazakhstan is trying to impose Bishkek such candidates. These conclusions he have drawn from a recent meeting of Nursultan Nazarbayev with baranovym. However, the head of Kazakhstan met with the so-called protege of the current leader of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov, but then Jeenbekov was Prime Minister, so the visit had no relation to the upcoming elections. By the way, according to opinion polls Babanov ahead in popularity, “presidential” candidate. According to Atambayev, Kazakh establishment is very fond of the ex-President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who during the 2010 revolution was overthrown by the opposition and was forced to flee the country, so support candidates to match him.

“Bakieva still they spend their holidays in Almaty. I have repeatedly heard from the top people of Kazakhstan, Bakiyev correctly shot people”, — says the head of Kyrgyzstan.

Particularly focused Atambayev on the words of Nursultan Nazarbayev about the fact that the economy of Alma-ATA five times more than the GDP of the entire Kyrgyzstan. This fact seemed particularly touched Atambayev, who agreed with the statement of the Kazakh leader, but asked a question back.

“Why pensions in Kazakhstan more than in half, and rates above five times? Because stolen wealth in Kazakhstan”, — have answered the same question the head of Kyrgyzstan.

In his opinion, he shows a bad example for local authorities in carrying out democratic reforms and not letting in the vertical of power businessmen who use administrative resources for their own enrichment. In his speech, Atambayev went far enough that it is wrong to make politicians, especially presidents. In particular he said that Kazakhstan is not ruled by Kazakhs themselves, and Genghis Khan.

Astana has responded to the scandalous speech of the state, but much more gently and diplomatically. Kazakhstan’s foreign Ministry lodged a strong protest, but the words of the President of Kyrgyzstan has been called unacceptable, given the friendly relations between the two countries.

Expert on CIS and Central Asia, international journalist Arkadiy Dubnov believes that Bishkek will have to apologize to Astana for emotional and boorish in relation to Kazakhstan, the speech of their leader. If this does not happen, the conflict between the two States might affect the work of many international organizations to which Russia is a member.

Relations between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan can seriously deteriorate. Such strong words of support for the ousted President and his order to shoot people that the Kazakhs faint of heart, and so on, can not remain unnoticed. I believe that, while in Bishkek will not apologize on behalf of the leadership of the country either while Atambayev will embody the Kyrgyz authorities, relations between the two countries will only escalate. I have to apologize even the candidate of the President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, of course, if he can win the election. Up to this point I do not know how to interact with the representatives of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in CSTO and the Eurasian economic Union, meeting within the framework of which involve the participation of heads of state. The dispute between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan unprecedented for Central Asia. Nothing like that happened in the region since 2002, when former leader of Turkmenistan has accused neighboring Uzbekistan of involvement in the attempt of the so-called assassination attempt on himself”, — concluded the expert.


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