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Kyrgyz Republic

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The 2005 Kyrgyz parliamentary elections were held 27 February 2005 with run-offs held on 13 March 2005. Over 400 candidates ran for the new 75-member unicameral legislative assembly.[1] According to media reports, only six seats were won by the opposition, although most candidates were officially independents. According to international observers, the elections fell short of international standards for democratic elections in a number of important areas. The belief that the election had been rigged by the government led to widespread protests, culminating in a revolution on 24 March in which President Askar Akayev was overthrown and left the country.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sent 60 observers to monitor the runoffs. In its initial assessment the group said the second-round of voting showed "some technical improvements over the first round" but stressed that there remained "significant shortcomings." The OSCE had said the first round fell short of international standards in many areas.[1]

By the time of the revolution only incomplete results of the elections had been announced by the Election Commission. The revolution makes it unlikely that more will be announced. The new authorities have said that fresh elections will be held within three months.

e • d  Summary of the 27 February and 13 March 2005 Kyrgyzstan Supreme Council election results
Parties Seats
Results not available, elected members 75
Total (turnout  %) 75

After the overthrow of Akayev's government, interim President Kurmanbek Bakiev announced that new presidential and legislative elections would be held on June 26. Later, however, it was agreed not to hold legislative elections in 2005. The Parliament subsequently set the date for new presidential elections for July 10, 2005.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Finn, Peter (28 February 2005) "Elections in Kyrgyzstan Inconclusive: Most Legislative Races Forced Into Runoffs: Monitors Fault Atmosphere" The Washington Post p. A-10

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  • "All other lower level negotiations will be just a waste of time" Opposition leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev, 20 March 2005, demanding that Askar Akayev attend talks regarding election results.
  • "Not the President, not me, and not the interior minister will allow weapons to be used against our own people" 20 March 2005, Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev insisting that troops would not fire upon protestors.
  • "The most important thing right now is to let people calm down, assess what has happened and then start negotiations with them about their demands" Presidential spokesman, 21 March 2005
  • "As of now, there is nothing to negotiate about. We are demanding that the president resign" 21 March 2005, Opposition leader Roza Otunbaeva referring to the governments proposal for talks.
  • "Unlike Ukraine and Georgia, and other countries, to which our oppositionists refer, the protests from the beginning were not peaceful in character. Protesters started capturing government buildings, beating the law-enforcement officers," President Akayev, 23 March 2005.

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