Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jejbekbekov said Thursday after riots broke out in his country, according to the local opposition. October 4 after the election. The Kyrgyz head of state announced his resignation a few hours ago.
Jejbekbekov explained his decision. Yet last week – Russian press sources according to – Jejbekbekov ordered a state of emergency with a curfew and travel restrictions in Bishkek, and also commanded the military to the capital. He had previously made his resignation conditional on the restoration of order and rejected the appointment of Sadir Zaparov, an opposition MP from the prisoners who had been released from prison by the protesters. On Wednesday, however, he approved Zaparov as prime minister and, in a resignation statement, called on protesters to leave the streets to restore order. And he ordered law enforcement forces not to give in to provocation or shed blood.
It may be joking at first sight that this further expanded the list of politicians who met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán not long before and then failed. The Hungarian prime minister at the end of September in Budapest, Budapest received, days before the Kyrgyz parliamentary elections. Among other things, a $ 50 million common development fund was agreed. And less than a week later into chaos Kyrgyz politics sank.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko received the Hungarian Prime Minister in June this year, and mass protests broke out in Eastern Europe in August; these continue to this day. The Lukashenko regime, however, is still holding on.
Jejbekbekov is already the many in line. According to the official position, the Hungarian prime minister met with those on the list mainly for economic reasons. Another issue is whether some of these leaders are seen as corrupt or even dictatorial – although they include not only Eastern leaders but also politicians in Western civil democracies.
The fate of the politicians mentioned above was not foreseeable in all cases, the leakage of Strache’s video in Ibiza could not be suspected, nor was the killing of Kuciak. Mubarak’s Egypt did not necessarily anticipate that a Tunisian greengrocer would set itself on fire at the beginning of the decade, leading to a sweeping crisis in the region called Arab Spring.
However, in the case of Saakashvili, Kubilius, Berlusconi and Yanukovych, and now Jayenbekov, there was at least the suspicion that social dissatisfaction, the domestic political situation or even pressure / intervention from abroad could shake their power. It is possible that the Hungarian prime minister assured foreign politicians in trouble in some cases of his support in the hope of closer political and economic cooperation. Berlusconi faced a vote of no confidence, Saakashvili cherishing ambitious dreams. However, the friend is also a friend in trouble. Had Saakashvili’s party won the parliamentary elections, Viktor Orbán would have been a powerful friend in Georgia. If Fico had gotten away with the Kuciak murder, he would have thanked the serial. Berlusconi could have appreciated the support after not having to give up. And Yanukovych, if he fails, is unlikely to be left with Kiev to this day about the use of Hungarian language in Transcarpathia.
Hungary is a smaller country that does not have significant mineral and energy reserves. In light of this, he is doomed to depend on larger countries, such as those blessed with natural gas and oil. And in some countries, the principle of authority prevails, so if one wants to achieve something in terms of the economy or trade, it does not hurt to have a good relationship with its leader. One way to do this is to show friendly gestures.
It is no coincidence that Bül Gül’s tomb was renovated during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Budapest, and the Hungarian Prime Minister was present at the prayer of the Turkish President and his delegation. A little traffic chaos in Budapest also fit into this. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not come to Budapest by accident either, where he stated that Zionism was started from Hungary by Herzl Tivadar.
In the case of the Turkish peoples, we may remember the extradition of the “ax killer,” Ramil Safarov, to Azerbaijan; he, as his nickname reveals, killed his Armenian roommate with an ax. Safarov was celebrated as a national hero when he returned home, and by contrast, by official agreement, he did not spend a single minute in prison. What’s more, they were even promoted. Like it or not, for Azerbaijan, which is rich in natural gas and oil, it was a red dot. And economic interests can override sectarian solidarity: Hungary has sided with Muslim Azeris in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Last year, Mol Plc. Acquired an interest of approximately HUF 460 billion in one of the largest oil fields in Azerbaijan. Prior to that, Viktor Orbán declared at the meeting of the Turkish Council in Baku that blood was dripping in the Hungarians. According to the video, it was also difficult for the prime minister to talk about the chips, but Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jejbekbekov apparently brightened up. Are there or are there no kips in Hungary? – but it is irrelevant. But the gesture matters, as does the fact that the member states of the Turkish Council consider the Hungarians as relatives. The Hungarian Kurultáj also serves this purpose, but it is already part of cultural diplomacy.
Above all, the situation in Kyrgyzstan must be resolved, and although Hungary has also testified in the Turkish Council that we are not only friends but also relatives, we do not yet know how the new government will relate to Budapest. Is the development fund created? Are they complying with the recently resigned bilateral agreements reached by Jejbekbekov? This is also a matter of concern, with reports that in the Kyrgyz internal crisis, self-appointed parties are seizing positions, while others have brought industrial companies under their control.
The Hungarian Prime Minister visited Minsk in June, where he was received by President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus. Trade and cooperation agreements have been signed. And in early August, mass protests broke out in Belarus, also due to election fraud, for the second month in a row.