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Struggle in Kyrgyz parliament for lucrative place

Politics Materials 2 July 2011 13:55
Delaying the date of the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan is connected with the struggle inside the country's parliament, Kyrgyz expert Sergey Masaulov said.

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova /
Delaying the date of the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan is connected with the struggle inside the country's parliament, Kyrgyz expert Sergey Masaulov said.

On Thursday, members of Zhogorku Kenesh (the Kyrgyz Parliament) finally approved the parliamentary decree to fix the date of the presidential elections in the republic on October 30. People waited for fixing the date of elections for a long time. During its approval the president for transitional period Roza Otunbayeva denied the rumors that she allegedly delayed the election date.

Masaulov said that similar delay with the date is connected with the fact that there is a struggle in the Kyrgyz parliament now.

"There is a struggle of different political groups, as well as within the parliament in Kyrgyzstan," he told Trend over phone from Bishkek. "There is a union of members from different factions within the parliament. It is quite a large group of people."

He said that they are fighting for the most "comfortable position" by the beginning of the pre-election campaign.

"Everything happening in the parliament and outside the parliament of the republic is a clash between the real contenders for the presidency," he said.

He said that the interests of all the confronting parties are different. The president would like to complete the cycle and to transfer the power by the traditional way. The candidates are fighting for power.

Each of them assess the chances in different ways. The most important thing is that all the major candidates understand that they are not the main contenders for the presidency, he said.

There is a high probability of the second round of elections in the country. There is a risk for candidates not to gain the necessary votes. So, they can fight in the future to eliminate opponents.

The following variant of the struggle is also possible. It will be expressed in gaining support of the great number of political supporters and allies from all wings, he said.

He said that the joint charges of political figures of the country testify to this. It can also stipulate the agreements between a part of the ruling coalition and the opposition of the country to remove their main rivals.

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