On January 14, 2021, an online discussion "Kyrgyzstan and the EU after the Kyrgyz presidential elections – what lies ahead?" was organized by the Foundation's offices in Central Asia and Brussels.
Following the resignation of former President Sooronbay Jeenbekov on 15 October 2020, presidential elections, together with a constitutional
referendum, are scheduled for 10 January 2021. The former president took this step to avoid further violence amid significant unrest and political
turmoil following the annulation of the 4 October 2020 parliamentary elections. Sooronbay Jeenbekov thereby has become the third Kyrgyz
president forced to resign after countrywide protests since the country’s independence, but the first one yielding power voluntarily.
The European Union has been following developments in Kyrgyzstan very closely and has expressed its readiness to support the Kyrgyz people in their democratic aspirations. However, the political situation remains volatile, with parliamentary and local elections coming up in the next months.
Programe of the meeting.
Speech of Max Georg Meier, Project Coordinator of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Central Asia.