28 December 2007

“I don’t believe” has become the dominant slogan of opponents of the Kyrgyz parliamentary elections held earlier this month. Small fliers like this one are plastered on walls and utility pole in downtown Bishkek, the nation’s capital, replacing the larger signs with the same statement carried by opponents in the days immediately after vote. The election was criticized by observers for failing to meet international standards. The leaders of Ata Meken, the party that ran second in the popular vote but captured no seats in the 90-member Zhogorku Kenesh, has accused President Bakiev’s government of rigging the results.

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