Kyrgyzstan's presidential election date set to October 15
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev announced May 29 at a ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Army in Bishkek that the presidential election will take place on October 15.
In the second reading, on May 17, Kyrgyz parliamentarians supported the proposed amendments to the law "On presidential elections" where the new date was set for October 15.
Atambayev himself can not run for the presidency according to the changes made to the current consitution -- the same person cannot be elected twice to the office.
A referendum, held in December last year, transferred some powers of the president to the country's prime minister. Experts believe Atambayev, hence, will try to run for the seat of the prime minister, however, he has said that he does not intend to become prime minister, although will remain in politics.
Among the candidates for the presidency are current Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov and former prime ministers Omurbek Babanov and Temir Sariev, as well as well-known in the country businessman Bakyt Torobayev.