Kyrgyzstan’s President has seen his party win a resounding general election victory, but also earn widespread accusations of vote-rigging. Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s Ak Zhol party claimed a landslide, winning every available seat in parliament. No other party seemed able to muster enough support.
Many Bakiyev supporters welcomed the results. But, not everyone is convinced. Leading political opponent Felix Kulov cried foul, saying the results were fixed. “I can assure you that this will not accomplish anything, and the people will soon discover that things will be worse than before,” he said. “All the ballots our people collected show we finished third. But after official counting, we dropped to fifth. This is fraud.”
Bakiyev’s party will dominate parliament, in effect creating a one-party state in Kyrgyzstan, which was long-known as one of the most liberal countries in Central Asia. Bakiyev seized power two years ago, riding a wave of popular support. He says he views Russia, where President Putin enjoys almost complete political domination, as his guide.