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[29.05.23] National Democracy Fund Set Up in Kyrgyzstan

The National Fund for the Development of Democracy -- created by parliamentarian Omurbek Tekebaev, opposition Ar-Namys Party leader Emil Aliev and leader of the NGO Civil Society Against Corruption Tolekan Ismailova -- was registered by the Kyrgyz authorities on 27 May with the blessing of President Askar Akaev, khabar.kz and RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported. The objective of the fund, according to fund head Tekebaev, is to encourage citizens' involvement in politics and support political parties. He said Akaev is particularly interested in introducing proportional representation at the local level as a means of encouraging the development of political parties. The fund intends to lobby for changes in election laws to ensure free and transparent elections and the peaceful transfer of power, the fund's founders said. It will also assist the development of civil society. Three additional members of the lower house of parliament have agreed to join the fund's eight-person oversight council. The reports did not say how the new fund will be financed.
Eurasianet, May 29, 2003

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