Kyrgyzstan held a parliamentary election on Sunday with many voters disillusioned with the political elite and anxious about the worst economic crisis in two decades.President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s supporters look likely to win a significant number of seats in the legislature in the Central Asian country, a close ally of Russia.But the current pro-presidential ruling coalition is certain to be upset due to internal splits in the two major political groups, testing the president’s ability to forge new political alliances. “There is less and less democracy, systemic opposition is virtually non-existent,” Nasyrbek Attokulov, a 50-year-old university lecturer, said after casting his ballot in Bishkek.The campaign was marred by allegations of vote-buying, and an August opinion poll ordered by the US-backed International Republican Institute showed that 15 percent of respondents favoured the idea of voting against all parties.A total of 16 parties are contesting 120 seats in the single-chamber parliament. If none of them wins more votes than the “Against all” option, a new election would have to be called.The economy and corruption topped voters’ concerns. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development expects Kyrgyzstan’s gross domestic product to plunge 9.5 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic and take years to recover. “The economic situation is terrible,” said a businessman, who identified himself only by his first name Kanat, speaking at a polling station where officials let in voters in small groups after measuring their temperature as a coronavirus precaution.”We need to establish the rule of law.”The country of 6.5 million people has a history of political turmoil: in the past 15 years, two presidents have been toppled by revolts and a third is in prison after falling out with his successor.Further instability would be a concern to Russia. Moscow operates a military airbase in the former Soviet republic and is already dealing with major crises involving its allies Belarus and Armenia.Two parties that won more than a half of the seats in the 2015 election have split ahead of Sunday’s vote, and some of their MPs including Jeenbekov’s closest allies are seeking reelection under new banners.Results of the election are likely to be known on Sunday night or on Monday, but given the fractured nature of the parties, it could be days or weeks before a government is formed.Topics :
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari says he and team-mates John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan are excited by the friendly against England at Wembley on 29 March.The Sunderland trio are in the Black Stars squad for the encounter, which will be played before a sell-out crowd including 20,000 Ghana supporters.“We want to play, it’s at Wembley, against one of the best nations in the world,” Muntari told BBC Newcastle.“No one wants to miss big games and important games like this one.”Muntari added: “We’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time, and even the people in Ghana are looking forward to us playing England, we’re just looking forward to the day.“We want to win, but we want to play good football and entertain the fans. “England always have a strong team, they always play good football, we don’t care who plays and we just want to make our country proud.”Sunderland handed Muntari a return to the Premier League after a a two-and-a-half year absence when they agreed a loan deal with European champions Inter Milan in January.The 26-year-old won the FA Cup with Portsmouth prior to his £12.7m move to the Italian giants, and was a Scudetto and Champions League winner at the Giuseppe Meazza prior to his move to the Stadium of Light.“It was easy to settle in, because there are fantastic people here, the guys are great always,” Muntari added.“The manager has been good to me, the Premier League is not new to me, I love English football and I am pleased to be here.” Source: BBC
Assistant Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu says the unique formula to get the Black Stars going at the Afcon finals is to do away with complacency.Ghana, tops the Group B standings with four points from their opening two matches ahead of their final group game against Niger on Monday.But Konadu says the turn around in fortune cannot be a precursor to taking things for granted as he warns of tough challenges ahead.“Complacency is one thing that affects a team if you don’t carefully deal with it,” Konadu said on Friday in Port Elizabeth.“It can get into your system and somewhere along the line, cause problems for you. And I think that is what affected [DR] Congo [who drew goalless with Niger].“Our psychologist is doing his best to help us get rid of that. If we are able to deal with that, I think the boys will be on top of their game and go on win for us.” The Black Stars recovered from a 2-2 draw in their first game in Port Elizabeth against DR Congo, but have since bounced back after beating Mali 1-0 on Thursday to jump top in the group.Despite the sudden upturn in form and result, Konadu still insist that the team is no where near their best.“I don’t think we’ve played our best game yet. We think the boys can still improve,” he said.“There’s more room for improvement. What you’re seeing is good but it’s not the best from us. We just hope that we will get the best out of the boys in due course.”
Here’s what the Mets could get in a deal with the Yankees, Astros and PadresYankees: Estevan Florial (No. 47 on MLB Pipeline), Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 96) and Chance AdamsThis seems like a lot, but hear us out. MLB trades almost always are made with earlier deals in mind, so taking Syndergaard into account we have to compare to last year’s moves. Chris Archer had three years of team control left at 29 years old and he somewhat underachieved. That trade netted the Rays a top-100 prospect in Austin Meadows, a former top-10 prospect in Tyler Glasnow and a fringe top-100 prospect in Shane Baz.The Yankees will have to give up a lot to get Syndergaard and will likely take their top prospect in Florial — who is blocked in the outfield anyway — an MLB ready pitcher who is a top-100 guy in Loaisiga, and a guy who could slot into a rotation right now in Chance Adams, even though his luster has somewhat faded over the last couple of years. This might not be enough to get a deal done, but it’s relatively close to what the Rays got for Archer.Astros: Kyle Tucker (No. 10), J.B. Bukauskas (No. 97) and Bryan AbreuThe Astros do not want to give up Kyle Tucker for several reasons. He is still just 22, he’s raking at the Triple-A level and, probably most important, George Springer’s contract is up at the end of the year, Michael Brantley is under contract until 2020 and Josh Reddick’s deal comes up that year, as well. Houston sees Tucker as part of the team’s future. However, this team is in desperate need of a starter not just for this year, but for next year, since Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley could leave in free agency. However, the Mets have shown no shyness in making deals under Brodie Van Wagenen, and they are likely to make one before the trade deadline. Considering Zack Wheeler may have lost some value after going on the injured list with shoulder fatigue, Syndergaard is the team’s best trade chip.Moving him may not be what the Mets want to do, but with the way the team is currently situated, it’s probably what they need to do. What would a package look like for Syndergaard? With two years of team control remaining and his young age (26), he could net a lot. Related News MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier Noah Syndergaard wants to stay with the Mets and has been very upfront about that.”As of right now, I love being a Met,” Syndergaard said Sunday, via MLB.com. “If something were to ever change, it would definitely be bittersweet just because New York City itself, the fanbase and just the guys in this clubhouse have a special place in my heart.” MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Tigers could want from teams targeting Matthew Boyd That could be enough to get Houston to move Tucker, though they already told the Tigers no on the young outfielder in a deal for Matthew Boyd. As for Bukauskas, the Astros already were willing to move him last year for Bryce Harper in a rental, according to several reports, so they may not have trouble moving him now. And for Abreu, he is very similar to Franklin Perez, who the Astros dealt to the Tigers for Justin Verlander a couple of years ago.Padres: Luis Urias (No. 20), Adrian Morejon (No. 49) and Buddy ReedThe Padres could trade four of their top six prospects and still have one of the best systems in baseball. However, San Diego still may be a couple of years away from being the team to beat in the National League, even with the addition of a guy like Syndergaard. However, his addition could make the Padres a lot tougher to beat over the next couple of years and with the emergence of some prospects a trade could speed that up for next season. Maybe this is the time to move some of those top guys.Luis Urias has struggled at the MLB level but he could still be good — the Mets just have to figure out whether he’s Lewis Brinson or Clint Frazier. Was his one bad year a fluke or is it simply what he is? The Padres already have had discussions with some teams on Adrian Morejon, who was one of the best international prospects in the game a couple of years ago and has the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. They ultimately didn’t move him this offseason, but they have considered the deal. And Buddy Reed is still raw, but he has the potential to be very good.