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Politics

Central Asia was incorporated into the Soviet Union in the 1920s and ruled by communists for nearly 70 years.

Since the five countries gained independence in 1991 they have all faced the challenge of building their own political structures.

Click on the links on the map on the left to read about each country's system.

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