Disinfo: Colour revolution in Kyrgyzstan confirms that democracy has exhausted itself

Summary

Another colour revolution in Kyrgyzstan confirms that democracy has exhausted itself.

The current democratic model of the political structure has exhausted itself since the mechanisms for the re-election of the parliament and the head of state not only fail to ensure the continuity of power but become an instrument for destabilising the situation in the country and destroying statehood. There is no longer any popular control of the leadership, nor the will of the population, but it has become a weapon of aggression, an instrument of hybrid warfare.

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Conspiracy theory, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about a "colour revolution" in Kyrgyzstan, mixed with a narrative about the collapse of democracy.

The protests in Kyrgyzstan erupted to contest the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on 4 October, which are considered unfair by oppositional parties. As a result of the elections, none of the twelve established oppositional parties secured seats in the parliament. The parties declared they would not recognise the results of the voting. The president and the ruling parties were accused of vote-buying and voter intimidation. On 7 October, the electoral authorities annulled the election results.

Democracy is a prevalent political regime in the most developed countries in the world. States with full democracy have the most transparent electoral processes, allow widespread political participation of the citizens, support civil liberties, and guarantee transparency of the government. States with democratic regimes guarantee fundamental individual rights, high level of political equality, ensure human development, improve health and education systems, and support a broad range of personal freedoms.

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  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Kyrgyzstan
  • Keywords: Democracy, Colour revolutions

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