According to the Turkmenistan's Central Election Commission the country is readying to hold parliamentary election on May 21.
Despite many challenges, it seems some measure of progress is being made across Central Asia. In numerous international metrics systems, the states of Central Asia often trend together toward the lower rungs of the rankings. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, for instance, sees all five Central Asian states come in among the bottom third globally. Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, meanwhile, sees only Kyrgyzstan land within the top 100 nations, and only North Korea and Eritrea scoring worse than Turkmenistan.
Another leader of Kyrgyzstan's opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party has been charged with corruption, rferl.org reports. The State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on March 27 that lawmaker Almambet Shykmamatov is suspected of fraud while serving as an auditor at the State Accounting Chamber in 2011.
On Monday, both Russia and the United States began separate military training drills with Tajik forces.
Interesting: During a recent episode of the Oi Ordo talk show titled ‘Freedom of Speech or Slander?’, moderator Maxim Poletayev regularly interrupted independent media experts offering their opinion on the situation regarding press freedoms in Kyrgyzstan, while listening dutifully to the government's own representative on the show.
The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has been engulfed in numerous scandals for over a decade now. Current Mufti Maksat azhi Toktomushev, for instance, recently has been accused of not having proper education to be chief Mufti and has been appointed thanks to his powerful connections with high officials, using intimidation and pressure.
AKIPRESS.COM - Tajik authorities say a blast near a military court in the country’s south has left one person dead, reports the RFE/RL.
One of the most populated countries of the region – Uzbekistan – is making first steps under the leadership of the new President – Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who assumed office in mid-December last year.
According to Reuters, "Georgian police on Wednesday arrested an American citizen wanted in Uzbekistan on charges of terrorism and were in the process of extraditing him," the media said quoting the ministry of internal affairs of Georgia.
Kyrgyzstan’s President Mr. Almazbek Atambayev blamed Kazakhstan for "blockading" Kyrgyz citizens in 2010, when his country was going through the second coup d'etat in its history since gaining independence from the USSR. The one and a half month blockade, he said, resulted in casualties.