President of Kyrgyzstan steps down as Election tension peaks

(AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan announced Thursday his resignation in an effort to end the turmoil in the Central Assyrian nation following the disputed parliamentary election.

In a statement issued by his office, Jeenbeki said that holding power was not "worth of the integrity of our country and of our agreement within society," and he was confronted by calls to withdraw protesters and political opponents.

"For me, peace is above all else in Kyrgyzstan, the integrity of the country, the unity of our people, and calm of society," he said.

After October 4 elections, Kyrgyzstan is a country of 6.5 million people at the China border, which the election officials say is overwhelmed by pro-government parties, was plunged into chaos. The opposition said that voting and other irregularities have been affected by the election.

The protesters then took over government buildings, plundered certain offices, and annulled the election of the Central Election Commission. Then the opposition announced plans to oust Jeenbekov and create a new administration.

Only one day after Jeenbekov dismissed a request to withdraw from a new prime minister, the announcement Thursday said he would remain on the job until the political situation remains stable in central Asia.

The president had earlier insisted that the downward step could trigger "unpredictable developments at the expense of the state," said his office. He pointed out that he agreed to resign only after "the country is taken back into the legal sphere, after parliamentary elections, and after presidential elections."

The protests went on on Thursday morning to require his resignation and hundreds of people rallied in Bishkek Capital.



Publish : 2020-10-15 10:46:00

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