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Kyrgyzstan’s new prime minister and his government officially took office last week. Ulukbek Maripov could go down in history as the last prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, as President Sadyr Japarov wants to transform the parliamentary system into a presidential one.This

Sadyr Japarov took office as president of Kyrgyzstan this Thursday. He is the country's sixth president and the third to come to power following political uprisings. His political career began with the first Kyrgyz revolution and has always been accompanied

After a controversial comedy show on YouTube, Kyrgyzstan’s culture minister discussed stronger state control of musicians. Artists and parts of civil society reacted with indignation and criticised the lack of support for culture in the country. This article was originally

Coronavirus, border clashes, a political crisis in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan's snap presidential election resulted in a landslide victory for Sadyr Japarov. The vote came at the same time as a referendum on the population's preferred form of government, with over 80% choosing a presidential rather than parliamentary system. The

With low water levels in its main reservoir, Kyrgyzstan is struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for electricity this winter. Deputy Prime Minister Ravshan Sabirov warned this increase could lead to blackouts, though he ruled out rolling shutdowns. Kyrgyzstan’s

Kyrgyzstan is holding a snap presidential election on 10 January. Candidates include well-known politicians, businessmen and even a self-proclaimed god. The country will also be voting on a constitutional reform the same day. This article was originally published on Novastan’s German

Hip hop, which appeared in America in the 1970s, has long since become a worldwide phenomenon adapting and evolving in each new environment. Central Asia is no exception, as a quick overview of rap music from the region reveals. This article

Sadyr Japarov went from prisoner to prime minister and interim president of Kyrgyzstan. It's still too early to say whether he will be able to fulfil his many promises. Sadyr Japarov now leads Kyrgyzstan, a mere 9 days after leaving prison.

Russia wants to intensify cooperation with Central Asia. During a video conference on 15 October, the foreign ministers of Russia and the Central Asian states adopted a declaration on cooperation. The main innovation is the establishment of the joint dialogue

Kyrgyzstan’s president Sooronbay Jeenbekov announced his resignation in a desire to avoid further violence. The prime minister, Sadyr Japarov, declared himself interim president. This article was originally published on Novastan's French version. In a televised address, the president of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov,

Kyrgyzstan’s lawmakers gathered on 10 October to elect a new prime minister. They chose Sadyr Japarov, known for advocating the nationalisation of the country’s main gold mine, and until recently serving a prison sentence for attempted kidnapping. But critics say

Prior to his resignation as president of Kyrgyzstan on 15 October, Sooronbay Jeenbekov had announced an agreement with Russia on the railroad project between China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. This article was originally published on Novastan’s French website. In an interview with the

A new parliament was elected in Kyrgyzstan on 4 October. Almost all election winners are parties loyal to the government. As of the following day, several parties do not recognize the results, and thousands protest against fraudulent elections. This article was

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