Kyrgyzstan: ex-President’s party criticizes ‘short-sighted’ government policies

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s Social Democratic Party (SDPK) has blasted government policies as “short-sighted,” indicating a growing tension between former President Almazbek Atambayev and the country’s current leader, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

In an August 28 statement, the SDPK criticized the authorities’ “short-sighted policies, persecution of political opponents, questionable appointments, weak economic policies,” and claimed it was generating “an increasing protest mood in the country.”

The SDPK party, which is part of the ruling coalition, is led by Atambayev.

The SDPK statement also accused the authorities of spreading “gossip” about Atambayev’s alleged plans to illegally seize power, saying they should instead “start working on the real strengthening of the people’s unity and mending the economy.”

SDPK spokeswoman Kunduz Joldubaeva told RFE/RL that “some people in power have a vested interest in spreading rumors,” insisting that Atambayev has no plans to seize power.

President Jeenbekov’s office said it won’t issue an official response to the SDPK’s accusations.

Jeenbekov, an ex-prime minister who was tapped by Atambayev as his favored successor in Kyrgyzstan’s October 2017 presidential election, has been at odds with his former boss in recent months.

Two of Atambayev’s close allies, former prime ministers Sapar Isakov and Jantoro Satybaldiev, who served during his presidency, were arrested in June on corruption charges.

In April, Jeenbekov sacked several other Atambayev allies, including Prosecutor-General Indira Joldubaeva and National Security Committee head Abdil Segizbaev.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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