Ata-Zhurt

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Ata-Zhurt
Ата-журт
Chairman Kamchybek Tashiyev
Founded 9 December 2004[citation needed]
Headquarters Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Ideology Kyrgyz nationalism,
Conservatism
Political position Centre-right[citation needed]
Seats in the Supreme Council of Kyrgyzstan
28 / 120
Website
http://www.atajurt.kg/
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Ata-Zhurt, sometimes Ata-Jurt, (Kyrgyz: Ата-журт), or Fatherland, is a political party in Kyrgyzstan. Its political base is in the south of the country, but the party is headquartered in the capital Bishkek.[1] The party is led by Kamchybek Tashiyev,[2] and supports the ousted former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

2010 parliamentary elections[edit]

In the Kyrgyzstani parliamentary election, 2010, the party said it would seek to restore Bakiyev to power, and claimed it was more popular than the interim government.[3] The party also suggested it would rollback the Kyrgyzstani constitutional referendum, 2010 and restore the presidency to its former state.

On 7 October, the party's headquarters in Bishkek were ransacked and party literature set on fire by a groups of demonstrators who called for the party to be banned. The demonstrators allegedly included family members of the victims of April 2010 violence in Bishkek.[1]

In the election, the party won a number of seats from its traditional southern bastion, though it barely passed the threshold in the capital and the Chuy region. The party received the votes of 8.89% of eligible voters, giving it 28 of 120 seats in parliament. This result made the party the first of five parties to surpass the support threshold of 5% of eligible voters necessary to enter parliament. As a result Ata-Zhurt was part of the governing coalition with its MP Akhmatbek Keldibekov chosen as Speaker of Parliament.[4]

Among the party's parliamentary deputies are some individuals of non-Kyrgyz ancestry, including Ravshanbek Sabirov, the first Tajik to hold such a position, and Roman Shin.[5]

Violence[edit]

Kamchibek Tashiyev, the head of Ata-Zhurt, said he had been attacked in his home on 23 October 2010. "They broke in like bandits...I think they intended to shoot me. I believe they tried to eliminate me - the forces that want to cancel election results and impose a state of emergency. I know for sure, GSNB (security services) was behind these actions."[6]

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