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Freedom House Congratulates Citizens of Kyrgyzstan on Peaceful Election

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Freedom House congratulates the people of Kyrgyzstan on Sunday’s peaceful election, which independent observers have described as free and fair. The vote, conducted under a new constitutional system, lays the foundation for the country to become the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.
 
Voter turnout was nearly 57 percent, with higher numbers in the south, including an estimated 66 percent in the city of Osh, where fierce interethnic violence occurred in June.  Of the 29 parties vying for representation in parliament, five surpassed the minimum threshold requirement.  According to Kyrgyzstan’s newly passed constitution, government ministries will be divided between parties in what will necessarily become a coalition government.
 
“After six turbulent and traumatic months, the people of Kyrgyzstan demonstrated great faith in democratic processes by participating in this most recent election,” said David J. Kramer, Freedom House executive director.  “Now it is up to the political establishment in Kyrgyzstan to put the country’s interests first by working together in good faith to form a government that can respond to the people’s will.  This must be followed by responsible, accountable leadership by the new government that emerges.”
 
Both the OSCE observation mission and the regional election-monitoring group ENEMO gave the election administration reasonably high marks.  Still, some parties that did not make the 5 percent threshold required for entering parliament have complained of violations.  Two days after polls closed, major protest demonstrations have not been reported, indicating broad public consensus that the elections were reasonably free and fair.
 
“The real work begins in this post-electoral period,” said Fabio Piana, Freedom House country director for Kyrgyzstan. “Political parties made promises to voters about steps for improving the standard of living in the country, addressing endemic corruption and ensuring broader access to justice.  It is time for these same parties, both in government and those in opposition, to work transparently and in the spirit of consensus to deliver on their promise of change.  We look forward to the forthcoming meeting of the Association of Civil Society Support Centers in Bishkek at which civil society leaders from all the country’s eight regions will offer their policy recommendations to the new government.”
 
Freedom House conducted programs to strengthen human rights in Kyrgyzstan and organized a Get Out the Vote campaign together with civil society groups in the run-up to Sunday’s election.
 
Kyrgyzstan is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2010, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2010.
 
 
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