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Factionalism And The ‘Tulip Revolution’

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Competition between elites is a major source of instability in Kyrgyzstan. The events of 17 March 2002, which subsequently became known as the 'Aksy tragedy', marked the beginning of heightened social unrest and increased criticism of President Akaev. For the opposition, this moment signified the beginning of a series of developments which eventually led to the 'Tulip Revolution'. In the wake of the Aksy tragedy, opposition to Akaev increased. Accusations of 'tribalism' stand apart from the formation of relationships. In everyday use, 'tribalism' is often associated with three meanings. First, it is used to refer to nepotism. Such claims were clearly stated in 2005, when Akaev's children both ran in the parliamentary elections. Narratives of 'tribalism' are an expression of various forms of factionalism, often with an element of corruption. Western descriptions of 'tribalism', such as that of Collins, posit it as a limiting social practice from a previous era.

Keywords: Aksy tragedy; corruption; factionalism; Kyrgyzstan; nepotism; President Akaev; tribalism; Tulip Revolution



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