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US criticizes Kyrgyz elections

thecheers.org    2007-12-20 16:02:50    

The United States is "seriously concerned" about the fairness of parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, saying the government used its resources to benefit the ruling party and placed barriers on the ability of the opposition to run an effective campaign.
Washington (dpa) - The United States is "seriously concerned" about the fairness of parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, saying the government used its resources to benefit the ruling party and placed barriers on the ability of the opposition to run an effective campaign.

"The election failed to meet many of the Kyrgyz Republic's international commitments, and was marred by significant obstacles for opposition parties and the use of government resources to benefit specific political interests," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's Ak Zhol party easily prevailed in Sunday elections and the opposition failed to capture a single seat. Bakiyev had called for early elections to solidify his rule after two years of political turmoil since elections in 2005 sparked violent street protests that toppled his predecessor, Askar Akayev.

The US criticism mirrored that of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which monitors elections.

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