By Marat Yermukanov, Kazakhstan (3/27/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Expectations were high among the more than 400 journalists of state-owned and independent media of Kazakhstan when they gathered for their first Congress in the capital city Astana on March 12. It was the first time that such an event of nationwide scale brought together journalists from pro-government and oppositional media. Although many questions remained unanswered, the congress at least demonstrated the essence of the media policy of the government at present stage.
By Irema Japaridze (3/27/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)The string of conflicts between the warring factions of the formally governing Citizens Union of Georgia (CUG) reached a boiling point when supporters of former Parliamentary Speaker Zurab Zhvania clashed with the supporters of Kvemo Kartli Governor, and CUG's pro-Shevardnadze faction leader, Levan Mamaladze in a fist fight at the party's Tsekavshiri office on March 14. The incident was yet another embarrassment for Zhvania, who is battling for his political survival and is increasingly becoming less relevant in Georgia's domestic political landscape compared to most other national politicians. Analysts have predicted that if Zhvania is unable to win the struggle for the control for CUG, he will have to lead his supporters out of the party and join Michael Saakashvili's newly organized National Movement for Democratic Reform.
By Anna Kirey, American University in Kyrgyzstan (3/27/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)After a long hunger strike and constant appeals from the human rights activists and civil society to release Azimbek Beknazarov, a member of parliament accused of dereliction of duty, his trial was supposed to take place on March 17 in the town of Toktogul in the Aksy district of the Jalalabad region in the South of Kyrgyzstan to demand the release of their deputy. The trial was supposed to take place in Toktogul. Over 2,000 demonstrators marched on Toktogul.
By empty (4/10/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
For the past six years, IFES has been active in Kyrgyzstan in the election process as well as civil society and civic education. During both the February 2000 elections to the Jogorku Kenesh and the October 2000 presidential election, IFES conducted voter education programming, election observer training, media monitoring, and pollworker training which involved the production of training manuals for all polling station officials and conducting nationwide training sessions. IFES mobilized its own observer delegations for both elections, and added to its reach by recruiting and training a large number of college students (from its previous Summer Camp and university-election projects) as domestic observers.
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