Thursday, May 19, 2005
Kyrgyzstan's two top political leaders have decided to join forces in the upcoming elections, with Kurmanbek Bakiev running for President and Feliks Kulov slated to be his Prime Minister with expanded powers. This is being cast as a move to preserve national unity in the face of deep divisions between north and south. One of the fears prior to Akaev's overthrow was that the Kyrgyz opposition was too divided to work together and effect change. This is definitely a sign that these fears were misplaced.