Kyrgyzstan President Resigns, Prime Minister Fired

In front of the government building in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek: Protesters storming the building on October 6th. (AFP)




Democracy is crumbling in Kyrgyzstan after the state's Electoral Commission announced new Parliamentary Elections due to the violent protests.

 

Central Asian Kyrgyzstan, which has been an island of democracy amid authoritarian states, the political situation remains shaky.

On Friday, a former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was charged with corruption, and released by protesters from prison, appeared first time in public. Mr Atambayev stated, pulling a string of populism, that he does not need power but he cares for future of the nation. He called the current political crisis a third revolution.

After mass protests on Monday, some of which were violent, the country's President, Mr. Sooronbai Dscheenbekow, offered to resign.

As soon as a date for new elections is set, he will be ready to resign to end the chaos in Kyrgyzstan and fill the current power vacuum, stated Mr. Dscheenbekov. But soon after his declaration, Mr. Dscheenbekov disappeared.

The riots in the ex-Soviet republic began on Monday when thousands protested against manipulation in the weekend's parliamentary elections. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe spoke of "credible" reports of vote-buying.

In the election, two established parties that are close to the president were declared the winners. However, eleven other, smaller parties refused to recognize the result. Protesters stormed the government building in the capital Bishkek on Tuesday. They also released several politicians from prison, including the former head of state Mr. Almasbek Atambayev, who was imprisoned for corruption and allegedly helped a convicted criminal to escape during his tenure.

Protests also flared up in other cities in Kyrgyzstan, whereupon the election commission declared the result to be invalid. Since then, the opposition has tried to agree on a transitional government. One of the opposition leaders Mr. Sadyr Shaparov, who was also released from prison, replaced Prime Minister Mr. Kubatbek Boronov. Mr Shaparov is not a democrat. He served a sentence at 11 years and six months for taking a government official hostage in 2013.   Mr. Boronov was fired.


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