"This is symbolic of the fact that Kyrgyzstan's political system is so fragile that you can challenge it with a simple horse," said Asel Doolotkeldieva, a researcher specializing in Kyrgyz politics based in Bishkek. "But it's not only the horse, of course. It's the culmination of other, much more serious allegations of corruption against the prime minister."
"I think its unlikely that there will be new elections, simply because the national budget will not allow for it," said Ms. Doolotkeldieva. "We have been having elections almost every year, and this is unbearable for a very modest national budget."