By Anoush Papazian (3/12/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)Immediately after the elections, the opposition parties announced their disagreement with the conduct of the voting process and have called for mass protests. Demirchian, himself, has said that he would appeal to the Constitutional Court for annulment of results. Meanwhile, thousands of supporters of 13 opposition parties held a protest rally in Yerevan, demanding the declaration of the election results as invalid.
By Chemen Durdiyeva (3/12/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)President Saparmurad Niyazov escaped an assassination attempt on his life on November 25, 2002. Gunfire was fired on his motorcade, but the president did not notice it until he was informed about it at his palace. Although the attack did not cause significant injuries, the results of this plot are day by day becoming tremendous and overarching in the ordinary life of the Turkmens.
By Marat Yermukanov (3/12/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)The cornerstone of the military doctrine of Kazakhstan is based on defensive strategy. But today many domestic analysts ask themselves, how reliable a force is the army which has virtually had no combat experience. The declining morale among the officers and servicemen, frequent violations of service regulations, bullying and beatings among the ranks can no longer be concealed from public.
By Gulnara Ismailova (3/12/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)With the backdrop of expanding U.S.-Azerbaijan contacts, Russian-Azerbaijani relations starting seeing some activity at the end of February.
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