International integration

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were, are and will be fraternal states – expert view

In the light of recent events in Kazakh-Kyrgyz relations, Mereke Gabdualiyev, a candidate of legal sciences, constitutionalist, director of the Public Foundation "Institute for the Development of Constitutionalism and Democracy" expressed his opinion in an interview with "".
Astana city11 October , 14:07

"Daily socio-economic, cultural and human relations on both sides of the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were, are and will be, despite the emerged political situation in connection with the statements of Almazbek Atambayev. Here it is necessary to start from the following points. In recent years, Kyrgyzstan has experienced two "color revolutions". Obviously, all these processes to change power in Kyrgyzstan lie in the geopolitical interests of different countries in the Eurasian space. One world power supported "democratic transformations" in Kyrgyzstan in its time. And now another world power wants "not to miss the democratic transformations" in this country. Hence there is a throwing of the political leadership of the Kyrgyz Republic between these geostrategic interests and so close attention to the candidates for the elected office", M. Gabdualiyev said.

According to him, it is necessary to recognize that the level of democracies in Kyrgyzstan has increased in recent years, the population more openly expresses its political position. On the one hand, a large number of candidates for the post of the president of the Kyrgyz Republic confirms another qualitative level of democracy. But on the other hand, this situation is likely that on October 15, 2017, the votes will be scattered among the various candidates, and no one will receive enough votes to win.

"In paragraph 3 of Article 55 of the Constitutional Law "On Elections of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic" it is stated that "a candidate for the position of the President who has collected in the first round of voting more than half of all the voters who took part in the elections is considered elected". According to paragraph 1 of Article 56 of this constitutional law "if more than two candidates for the post of the President were included in the ballot and none of them was elected, the Central Election Commission shall appoint a second vote on two candidates who received the largest number of votes", the expert explained.

In his opinion, one should take into account the fact that if during the presidential elections on October 15 the "administrative resource" will be roughly included to promote the candidate in the first round of voting, this will involve the mobilization of the population for street riots.

"I would like to hope that the fraternal people Kirgiz people will calmly survive this electoral period. Any political aggravation in neighboring countries has a long-term negative social and political effect for the entire region", M. Gabdualiyev concluded.


Kairat Zhandybayev