Monday, June 27, 2005

Exchange of elites?

Because most of the western world does not have a clue about Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia the news reports coming from there are often so simplified that the real political issues are left out to make room for elementary explainations. However, in the case of Kyrgyzstan's revolution it may just be a simple explaination. There are long running ethnic tensions between the north where Bishkek is located and the South with the large city of Osh. Akayev was from the north and Bakiev is from the south, according to some observers in Bishkek it seems to be a simple exchange of elites.

1 Comments:

Blogger greg said...

That is an important part of what's been happening, but from what I remember, the March protests weren't designed to make Bakiyev president. They were only meant to get the earlier election results overturned or recounted or something. There may have been secret plans for Bakiyev to take charge, but I don't think the protesters anticipated Akayev's departure. I may be quite wrong about that. And the protests began in the south, but I had the feeling they were spreading northward before Akayev left. Now that might be because southerners were going to northern cities to protest, or it may be because northerners decided to also protest.

I haven't quite figured out what the difference between the north and south is. Is it ethnic? And the south is near Uzbekistan's Ferghana valley which seems to contain a lot of people who are unhappy with the status quo, and I suppose that feeling is shared across the border.

27 June, 2005 09:55  

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