Friday, January 07, 2005

Akaev and Revolution

The forces which control Kyrgyzstan are looking to hold onto power as President Askar Akaev warns against foreign elements working to promote a Ukraine-style revolution in his country. The back story here is that under the Constitution, Akaev must step down in October 2005, and opposition parties are slowly joining forces in an attempt to ensure that upcoming Presidential elections are free and fair. I suspect that Akaev is on the way out, but the forces which back him won't yield their position that easily, and will work to keep the opposition fractured and intimidated.


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