2021 was a tumultuous year for the Kyrgyz Republic, as the nation witnessed the president’s resignation and the rapid emergence of Sadyr Japarov. The new strongman in Kyrgyz politics wasted no time to introduce constitutional reforms and comprehensively transformed the country’s political system. Democracy in the Central Asian state is fragile and the upcoming parliamentary elections on 28 November 2021 may have great implications for the people of Kyrgyzstan as well as for the European Union which seeks to intensify bilateral relations and wants to strengthen its presence in the region.
Author: Monica Lovito & Tom Wilms EIAS Junior Researchers
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