Kyrgyz politician `attacked by secret services`

Last Updated: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 09:48

Bishkek: The leader of the party that narrowly topped the poll in Kyrgyzstan`s Parliamentary Election this month accused the secret services on Saturday of attempting to kill him and nullify the result of the poll.

Kamchibek Tashiyev, head of the Ata Zhurt party -- which has been staunchly critical of interim leader Roza Otunbayeva`s plans to create a parliamentary republic in Kyrgyzstan -- said armed men had broken into his house on the outskirts of the capital Bishkek on Saturday.

"They broke in like bandits ... I think they intended to shoot me," Tashiyev told journalists, showing a bandaged hand. "I believe they tried to eliminate me -- the forces that want to cancel election results and impose a state of emergency."

He said his guards had managed to seize several pistols from the attackers, as well as an identity card of a major serving in Kyrgyzstan`s GSNB state security police.

"I know for sure, GSNB was behind these actions," he said.

Interfax news agency quoted a spokesman for the secret service as saying it had nothing to do with the incident.

Police confirmed the attack on Tashiyev but gave no details.

Tashiyev said his hand was injured as he tried to defend himself while an attacker tried to hit his head with a pistol.

Tashiyev`s accusation is bound to add to the instability in the impoverished nation that saw the violent overthrow of its president in April and the worst ethnic violence in its modern history when 400 people were killed in June.

He said several thousand of his supporters were marching to Bishkek from his party`s main support base in southern Kyrgyzstan "to make sure I was not killed”. This could not be independently verified.

The mainly Muslim nation, divided regionally and ethnically and lying on a drug trafficking route out of Afghanistan, has shown in the past five years how easily it can slide into violence.

The United States and Russia, which both operate military air bases there, are eager to see the swift formation of an effective and stable administration sympathetic to them.

Only five of 29 parties contesting the October 10 poll won seats in Parliament. More than 60 percent of voters cast ballots for parties that failed to cross the 5 percent threshold qualifying them to enter Parliament.

Tashiyev`s party won 8.8 percent of votes, and analysts predict heated horse-trading to form a governing coalition, especially since Parliament will be the country`s main decision-making body, wielding more power than the president.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 09:48

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