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Kyrgyzstan: President resigns to end post-election crisis
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov during a meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, 2018
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov during a meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, 2018 Credit: Kremlin.ru / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has resigned on Thursday to bring an end to the unrest following a disputed election. Protests had erupted after the October 4th election was won by parties local to Jeenbekov. There had been “credible allegations of vote buying remain a serious concern,” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said.

Jeenbekov said he was not clinging to power and that he refused to go down as a president who "allowed bloodshed and shooting on its people." Over 1200 people were injured in the protests between security forces and protesters.

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President of Kyrgyzstan declares state of emergency for capital Bishkek
President of Kyrgyzstan declares state of emergency for capital Bishkek
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Kyrgyzstan's president Sooronbay Sharipovich Jeenbekov has declared a state of emergency for the capital Bishkek in order to get the unrest after the parliamentary elections under control.

The president's office announced on Friday that a curfew would be imposed and security measures tightened. The state of emergency comes into effect on Friday at 20:00 (local time) and remains in effect until October 21 at 08:00. The head of state also issued an order to the military to station soldiers in Bishkek.

Previously, the controversial president had declared himself ready to resign under certain conditions. "I am ready to give up the presidency of the Kyrgyz Republic as soon as the legitimate executive authorities have been confirmed and we are back on the path of legality," said Jeenbekov in a speech published on his website early Friday morning. In addition, a date for new elections must first be set.

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Kyrgyzstan annuls elections after protestors storm parliament
Kyrgyzstan annuls elections after protestors storm parliament
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Following violent protests, the electoral authorities in Kyrgyztan have annulled the results of the parliamentary elections. After only four out of 16 parties that were eligible to vote for in the elections passed the threshold of 7% for representation in the parliament protests had broken out.

Out of these four parties three have close ties to the current president of Kyrgyztan Sooronbai Jeenbekov who accused that "certain political forces" are now trying to illegally seize power.