One of the leading Opposition Candidates in Kyrgyzstan was not at home when a grenade went off in her apartment today. Roza Otunbayeva, a candidate for parliament and a former ambassador to the United States and UN envoy in Georgia, has been outspoken against the government since the elections on February 27th. Roza was disqualified for the election just days before the vote because of a law that says candidates must have been resident in Kyrgyzstan for the previous five years.
The authorities prevented Otunbayeva running in the election in her constituency, where the current president Akayev’s daughter, Bermet Akayeva, was also a candidate and now faces a run-off vote on March 13.
Roza Otunbayeva, a former foreign minister and an outspoken critic of veteran President Askar Akayev, told Reuters that unidentified assailants had thrown a small explosive device, thought to be grenade, at her apartment in the capital Bishkek.
In the run-up to the election, Otunbayeva urged her supporters to wear yellow, in conscious imitation of Ukraine’s recent “Orange Revolution” that brought a West-leaning liberal to power.
“I believe the authorities were behind this,” she said. “They are trying to scare me.”