ASTANA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe opened its summit in Kazakhstan’s capital
amid tight security on Wednesday to discuss issues ranging from
Afghanistan to terrorism and drug trade.
The top-level meeting of Europe’s 56-member democracy and
rights body is a matter of immense personal pride for Kazakh
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is keen to position himself
as a major figure on the world stage.
ASTANA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s poor human rights
record only worsened during the year of its chairmanship of the
OSCE, a rights group said on Tuesday, a day before the Central
Asian nation hosts a summit of Europe’s main democracy body.
Kazakhstan became the first post-Soviet nation this year to
assume the rotating chair of the 56-member Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe.
ALMATY, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Oil-rich Kazakhstan’s gross
domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand by 5.4 percent
this year, faster than the previously forecast 4 percent, the
International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.
Azerbaijan, another major energy exporter in the Caucasus
and Central Asia region, is expected to grow by 4.3 percent in
2010, faster than the Fund’s earlier projection of 2.7 percent.
BISHKEK (Reuters) – The five Kyrgyz political parties that won seats in a new parliament have agreed to hold a vote recount that could permit a sixth party to government, an official from one of the parties said on Wednesday. “We will announce a vote recount by archaic means, as our grandfathers did, with abacuses in our hands,” said Akylbek Zhaparov, one of the leaders of former Prime Minister Felix Kulov’s Ar-Namys party.
He said results would be known in one or two days and did not rule out that the Butun Kyrgyzstan party, which came sixth in the poll in the Central Asian country that hosts air bases for the United States and Russia, could win parliamentary seats.
BISHKEK (Reuters) – The party that narrowly topped the poll in Kyrgyzstan’s general election called on Tuesday for a broad coalition to avert political chaos and hinted it may try to reverse reforms that stripped powers from the presidency.
The poor country is trying to build the first parliamentary democracy in a Central Asian region dominated by post-Soviet strongmen, four months after clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks killed more than 400 people and made thousands homeless.
OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) – Voters could try to foment violence in southern Kyrgyzstan should candidates they support fail to win seats in a new parliament, the governor of volatile Osh province said on Saturday.
Kyrgyzstan votes on Sunday to create the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia in a year that has seen the president overthrown and hundreds of people killed in ethnic clashes in the south of the impoverished former Soviet republic.
BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan votes in a crucial election on Sunday which interim leaders hope will help unite the country but opponents fear could trigger more violence and leave the south vulnerable to ethnic extremists and militant Islamists.
Kyrgyzstan’s election on October 10 is intended to create Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy, where the prime minister will have more power than the president.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan is highly volatile after June’s ethnic clashes and there are widespread fears of new violence before a crucial election next weekend, Europe’s leading vote monitoring group has said.
The interim government of Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet nation hosting U.S. and Russian military air bases, has struggled to control southern parts of the country since assuming power after a bloody revolt on Apr. 7 that toppled the president.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Police officers and prosecutors top the black market list of jobs that can be bought freely in Russia where crime and law enforcement have become increasingly entangled, a human rights group has said in a report.
President Dmitry Medvedev, half-way through his four-year term, has made eradicating corruption, building a law-abiding society and reforming the police force his top priorities.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow police were on heightened alert on Wednesday after two bomb blasts hit Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, causing dozens of casualties and renewing fears of insurgent attacks in the heartland of Russia.
A decade after Russian forces defeated separatists who controlled Chechnya, the North Caucasus is plagued by an Islamist insurgency stoked by corruption, poverty and the ideology of global jihad.