ALMATY, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan, rocked by political
violence and upheaval last year, has laid the foundation for
Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy, but it is unclear
whether the new model will consolidate a country split by
regional and ethnic clans.
The impoverished former Soviet republic, which hosts both
Russian and U.S. military air bases, held elections on Oct. 10
that resulted in five parties winning seats in a new parliament.
ALMATY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s parliament called on
Wednesday for a referendum that would extend President Nursultan
Nazarbayev’s 20-year rule for a third decade to 2020.
The 70-year-old leader must approve the call to hold the
referendum, which would allow him to avoid an election that
would have been due in 2012.
ASTANA (Reuters) – Unresolved conflicts across the former Soviet Union thwarted attempts by Europe’s main security watchdog to adopt new powers on Friday, sending world leaders home empty-handed from the first OSCE summit in over a decade.
The 56-member state Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) could not agree a new “action plan” to tackle conflicts after two days of talks that dragged into the early hours of Friday in Kazakhstan’s windswept capital.
ASTANA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazarbayev urged world leaders on Wednesday to revive the role
of Europe’s main security watchdog in tackling the growing
problems of terrorism, drug trafficking and economic crises.
Kazakhstan is hosting the Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) first summit in 11 years amid
tight security in its showpiece capital. Talks are expected to
focus on Afghanistan and other long-running conflicts.
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.