Historic election in Kyrgyzstan

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Historic election in Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan goes to the polls this Sunday in an election that will create Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy.

An interim government has been in charge since President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was toppled by a revolt in April.

It has been a loud and ugly campaign, with opposition claims of intimidation.

Some think a prime minister will help knit the country together and overcome its political and ethnic differences.

But anger and distrust persist in the south after hundreds were killed in clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in June.

Democracy is far from the thoughts of many in the Uzbek part of Osh, still living in their burned out homes.

“The Kyrgyz haven’t helped us, they haven’t been here although they have been to other places. No officials have been here, they have done nothing to help,” said one woman amid the ruins of her home.

Election campaigning here has been much more subdued, with many saying openly that they would prefer the presidential strongman style of government.