Kyrgyzstan: Omurkulov vs. Tyuleev. The election of Bishkek mayor will test the quality of parliamentary coalition
The elections of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, mayor will take place on February 4, 2011. The appropriate decree was signed by President Roza Otunbaeva on February 2, only two days before the event. According to Ferghana source in the municipal Kenesh (parliament) of Bishkek, such sudden decision is reasoned by dramatic competition between various political forces for "strategic position" of Bishkek mayor.
According to Kyrgyz law On local government the mayor is recommended by the President and elected by the deputies of the municipal Kenesh (parliament). In this case on behalf of the President is candidate will be presented by Emil Kaptagaev, the head of presidential administration. It has to mentioned that at the moment of publication there was no official information at the website of Bishkek Kenesh about elections of the mayor.
So far there is no checked information about the number of candidates. The press-service of Roza Otunbaeva does not report the names of possible candidates.
Ferghana agency sources indicate that, most likely, Kyrgyz President will propose the candidacy of Isa Omurkulov because they were close teammates during April revolution. On the other hand, the agreement between parties that formed coalition rule in the parliament says that the position of Bishkek mayor "belongs" to SDPK.
The Ata Jurt party, another parliamentary coalition member, is interested to promote its person to the position of Bishkek mayor. Before the elections the party promised the electorate to return Nariman Tyuleev to his previous position. Perhaps, this is the reason why Ata Jurt was able to gain many votes not only in the south but also in Bishkek, where initially they had not had big chances to win.
Today, Nariman Tyuleev is the deputy of Jogorku Kenesh, the parliament of Kyrgyzstan.
The situation is deteriorated by the fact that there were tensions between Omurkulov and Tyuleev in the past. They already replaced each other at Kyrgyz railways, the state owned company. Tyuleev was highly respected there while the nomination of "weak" Omurkulov faced resistance from both railways and mayor’s office employees.