Conversation with Ambassador Kadyr Toktogulov of the Kyrgyz Republic

by Yuhan Liu, MSFS '16

On November 16, 2015 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States Kadyr Toktogulov visited MSFS and talked to students about Kyrgyzstan’s democratic development.

Ambassador Toktogulov started the conversation with an overview of Kyrgyzstan’s modern history as well as the country’s path to parliamentary democracy. He then analyzed the trends of Kyrgyzstan’s democratic development since 1991 by comparing all parliamentary and presidential elections held in 2000, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2015. Ambassador Toktogulov further discussed the results and consequences of all the elections and the causes of popular revolutions of 2005 and 2010.

Ambassador Toktogulov noted the significance of the 2015 parliamentary election in terms of democratic development for Kyrgyzstan. It was pointed out that introduction of new technologies of biometric registration in the electoral process was evidence of the political will of the leadership of the country to ensure fair and honest elections.

“Kyrgyzstan has chosen parliamentary democracy and won’t turn off from this path.” Ambassador Toktogulov stressed that, over the past five years, the people of Kyrgyzstan were convinced that their choice of the parliamentary system of government is the right one and they look forward to the further consolidation of democratic gains. Ambassador Toktogulov then answered questions from MSFS.

Prior to becoming the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the United States, Ambassador Koktogulov had an accomplished career in journalism working as a correspondent for the Associated Press (2003-2006), Dow Jones Newswires. He also contributed stories to the Wall Street Journal (2006-2011). He covered, among many others, protests against early Kyrgyzstan presidents, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010. 

Photos courtesy of the Kyrgyz Embassy.