Kyrgyzstan set for 'freest and fairest election in central Asian history'

Kyrgyzstan set for 'freest and fairest election in central Asian history'

In a region where presidents tend only to leave office when they die, the country is a strange and refreshing anomaly

There’s something very odd about Kyrgyzstan’s upcoming presidential election. The vote is less than a week away, and nobody knows who is going to win.

In a region known for ageing autocrats and rigged elections, Kyrgyzstan is a strange anomaly. The mountainous former Soviet republic of 6 million inhabitants has experienced two revolutions in the past 12 years and is now a chaotic but functioning democracy.

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