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Yearbook 1998

Kyrgyzstan. From the New Year, the death penalty in Kyrgyzstan was abolished. In March, Kubanjchbek Djumaljev was appointed new prime minister and in April the government was heavily reformed. According to Countryaah, the intention was stated to be to speed up economic and political reforms. Shortly thereafter, the World Bank approved several loans intended, among other things. for land reform.

1998 Kyrgyzstan

In May, some 30 activists from the Uyghur people in Xinjiang Province in western China, bordering Kyrgyzstan, were arrested in Kyrgyzstan. Uyghur separatists aim to reestablish an Islamic state in the East Turkestan.

In northeastern Kyrgyzstan, 20 tonnes of sodium cyanide was dispersed in the Barskoon River during the summer following a traffic accident. Hundreds of poisoned people were taken to hospitals and three people were reported to have died of poisoning.

In July, the Constitutional Court granted President Askar Akajev the right to stand for a third term in the 2000 presidential election despite the Kyrgyz Constitution's clause for a maximum of two periods. Akajev has been elected only once since the law came into force in 1993. The opposition leader appealed to the court to change his decision.

In October, more than 90% of voters in a referendum said yes to the privatization of land. The result was a success for President Akajev in his conflict with Parliament and means that small farmers become owners of the land they use.

In November, Kyrgyzstan strengthened the military guarding of the border with Tajikistan, where civil war took place.

In December, President Askar Akajev deposed the nine-month-old government, which he blamed for the country's financial failures. Parliament appointed Jumabek Ibraimov as new prime minister.

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