Kyrgyzstan – Opposition deputies defect

There is an interesting report in RFE/RL stating that 10 deputies from the opposition Ar-Namys parliamentary group have defected to the governing coalition of Respublika (Republic), SDPK, and Ata-Zhurt (IDPP, Fatherland).

According to my calculations, this means that the coalition now has the support of 87 of the 120 deputies in parliament.

The Ar-Namys party is claiming that the defections are illegal because, it says, the Constitution implies that only whole party groups may shift their allegiance. However, it seems that events have spoken and the government’s majority is even more secure.

The absence of posts from Kyrgyzstan in recent months may be taken as a good sign. Remember the iron rule of the Semi-presidential One: if there are frequent posts about a country, then it is in trouble!

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