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Atambayev: Election fraud like in the U.S. isn’t possible in Kyrgyzstan

«Election fraud like in the U.S. isn’t possible in Kyrgyzstan,» Almazbek Atambayev, the head of the Kyrgyz Republic, said in an interview to TIME magazine, speaking of the legacy that he, as president, will leave.

«First, that we have achieved peace, unity, and stability in the country. Secondly, that we have waken people’s high spirits and belief in the future. And most importantly, we’ve helped people realize they have to decide their own future for themselves. To that end, we have achieved absolutely fair elections. We now hold elections using biometric data verification of voters. Election fraud like in the U.S. isn’t possible in Kyrgyzstan,» the president stressed.

And over the past few years, government officials and authorities have started respecting and listening to public opinion, even becoming afraid of public opinion. Public opinion has become so important in Kyrgyzstan. This was my dream: to make the authorities and government officials take into account people’s opinion, respect their opinions, and be afraid of the people’s opinion.

Almazbek Atambayev

The most important achievement during the presidency, Almazbek Atambayev believes, is building a country of free people. «This is probably one of the achievements that I can boast about, that the citizens of Kyrgyzstan now have this sense that they are deciding their own fate, their own future,» the head of state said.

Answering the question how he would like to be remembered as a president, Almazbek Atambayev said: «I think I would want people to remember me as a person that showed that it’s wrong to divide people by race or nationality.

«People, I hope, will remember me as the person that established unity in the country, and the person who gave power to the people, to ordinary citizens. Of course, I haven’t had enough time to accomplish many things too. But with God’s help, in the last six years I’ve accomplished a lot. Of course, I’d want people to remember me in good terms, as someone who did everything for his people. That was my goal,» the president summed up.