Tuesday, March 01, 2005
After the first round of Kyrgyzstan's Parliamentary elections, 31 of the 75 constituencies have been decided, with the other 44 headed to a March 13 run-off. However, thousands of opposition supporters in three cities are protesting the results. The government, apparently nervous, is continuing to fight the media. This is not a Ukraine situation - the opposition won't ascend to power - but they are drawing a line about the conduct of elections which could set things up for this fall's Presidential contest.