Topic Reading-Vol.3109-10/15/2020

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Topic Reading-Vol.3109-10/15/2020

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2020/10/15 Topic Reading-Vol.3109-10/15/2020

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US and West need to stand solid behind Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia’s only democracy

The Kyrgyz Republic, or Kyrgyzstan, is a landlocked country in Central Asia with a population of a little over six million. It is bordered by three -tan countries, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and Chine to the east, but the most influential country to Kyrgyzstan is Russia, where many Kyrgyz workers are employed. Kyrgyzstan became independent from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and has been keeping democracy intact ever since. For example, electric ballot boxes and biometric data verification systems are already in use in this mountainous country. However, vote fraud and corruption have been undermining the republic’s democracy. In fact, since 1991, the nation has seen two presidents fled out of the country and one is in jail in the capital city. Now, in the 2020 parliamentary election held on October 4, two pro-presidential parties won the majority, which has been contested widely by the public for vote-buying and voter intimidation. The president had no choice but to announce his resignation and cancellation of the election results.

It seems that procedures and systems aren’t enough to maintain fair elections.

Enjoy reading the article and learn about democracy in a small central Asian country.

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