In Kyrgyzstan, amidst political turmoil, President Suronabe Jeenbekov resigned from his post on Thursday. Protests were being held across the country over the disputed election held on 4 October and protesters were demanding the resignation of President Suronabe.
Regarding his resignation, he said he wanted to stop violent clashes between security forces and protesters for several consecutive days. Let us tell you that Suronabe is the third President out of Central Asian countries who have had to resign since 2005 due to protests.
“The opposition protesters have threatened to march to my residence,” Jeenbekov said in a statement. I worry that if they do, violence may occur. I cannot see the blood of my own citizens flowing. Therefore, I appeal to all sides not to be provoked.
Opposition parties refuse to accept election results
Let us tell you that on October 4, there were parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. The results were announced a few days ago. As the results were declared, opposition parties took to the streets and refused to accept the results.
The opposition alleged that the votes were rigged. The basis of opposition was that only 4 out of 16 parties could make a place in the Parliament. Three of these are close to President Jeenbekov. On the basis of this, the opposition parties alleged that factions close to the President have acted to buy votes and intimidate voters.
After this, 12 parties of the opposition came together and announced that they do not accept the results of the election and also demanded the cancellation of the election results from the Central Election Commission of the country.
Protesters of the past week stormed into Parliament, attacking. Also occupied many government buildings. At the same time, about 2 thousand protesters who entered inside the parliament also released their leader and former President Almazbek Atmayev.
Police have used water cannons, stun grenades and tear gas to control the protesters. Several videos have surfaced on social media, in which people were seen roaming in Parliament and other government buildings.
Several members of the opposition parties announced the overthrow of incumbent President Suronabe Jeenbekov and form a new government. In view of the huge opposition, Election Commission chairperson Nur Jahan Sheldabekova said that it has been decided to cancel the election results ‘to prevent escalating tensions’ in the country. Let us tell that Atmabyev and Suranbe used to be very close together but after the election of Suranbe in 2017, there was a rift between the two.