(Atlantic Council) The new president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, has come to power in the most unusual circumstances. Kyrgyzstan has faced such extraordinary instability because political leaders had institutional incentives that encouraged corruption. With one six-year term mandated by the constitution, short time horizons meant that presidents prepared for their departure as soon as they came to power.
Predatory behavior and corruption on the part of government officials over the years have bankrupted the state and led to a collapse of service delivery in many spheres. Now in power, Japarov is the president of a corrupt and shrinking government apparatus that has lost enormous public trust. [...]
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