Bakiev has high chances to be re-elected Kyrgyz president: expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 21 / Trend , V.Zhavoronkova/
The current president of Kyrgyzstan held a strong public relations campaign before the presidential elections and now he has high chances to be re-elected, Kyrgyz Political Scientist, Orozbek Moldaliev believes.
Kyrgyzstan will hold the presidential elections on July 23.
"Of course, everything can happen, but the president's chances for re-election are very high at the moment," Moldaliev told Trend over telephone from Bishkek.
The political situation in the country was unstable in early 2009. The opposition united in the United People's Movement (UPM), supporting the president's resignation and pre-term elections. However, pre-term elections did not take place and was scheduled for late fifth year of Bakiev's presidency.
The expert assesses the president's chances as the high for several reasons:
"So virtually all over the world, when the incumbent president runs again, the administrative machine formed by him works for him," Moldaliev said.
Therefore, a very strong work and the combined efforts of the opposition are necessary to win in such situations, the expert said. However, the opposition in Kyrgyzstan could not achieve considerable success, Moldaliev said.
The UPM has nominated Almazbek Atambayev as a single candidate for the presidential position, after which oppositionist Temir Sariev left the movement and decided to run independently for the presidential post. This caused a certain split in the ranks of the opposition.
Atambaev's supporters conducted an information "war" against Sariev, accusing him of working for Bakiev.
"This is an example of the fact that the opposition, instead of uniting, has weakened the position of each other, accusing each other of playing for the authorities," he said.
This fact put a work with electorates to a second plan, and the struggle amongst the opposition representatives pushed much of the electorate from the opposition, the expert said.
In turn, the presidential administration conducted great work with the electorate, Moldaliev believes.
"Almost from the morning till night, the president had conducted skilful work and presented a new image of the president," said the political scientist.
New enterprises, schools and roads opened in Kyrgyzstan.
Moldaliev said it seems that the country is growing with vigor, has some capacity and one only have to re-elect President Bakiyev to become even better.
"The authorities were efficiently prepared for these elections," said the expert.
If Bakiev is re-elected, the opposition will dissatisfied with it, but the authorities are determined to suppress every protest action, the expert believes.