The election of Sooronbay Jeenbekov was symbolic, as it was the first time that an elected president, after serving a full constitutional term, vacated office to be replaced by a successor who was legitimately elected.

The economy suffered a serious setback from the Kazakh border closure and the decline in foreign direct investment. Kyrgyzstan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union proceeded with regular hiccups, for example, Kazakhstan and Russia turning Kyrgyzstan’s exports back for non-compliance with the union’s regulations.

The review period was dominated by electoral politics and led to a loss of proper prioritization and strategic planning by the government. The electoral strategies of the outgoing president pushed long-term economic and development objectives to the background.

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