Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has approved the transfer of presidential powers to newly elected Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov after days of uncertainty and political crisis caused by mass protests against results of October 4 parliamentary elections that ousted government and led to president’s resignation.
At the parliament session on October 16, lawmakers also lifted a state of emergency that had been in place in the capital, Bishkek, for five days.
The president of Kyrgyzstan has stepped down after nearly two weeks of mass protests following a disputed election earlier in October. Jeenbekov said he wanted to stop potential “bloodshed.”
Kyrgyzstan President resigns after protests over disputed election.
Kyrgyzstan’s president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, announced his resignation Thursday, marking a potential end to 10 days of political unrest in the Central Asian country.
Jeenbekov said he was stepping down to prevent further clashes between security forces, and opposition protesters, who had threatened to march on the presidential compound.
Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has resigned after days of protests over a disputed parliamentary election, saying he wants to prevent clashes and bloodshed. He also called on newly-appointed Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov and other opposition politicians to take their supporters away from the capital so that peace could return to Bishkek.
“The process of power transfer proceeded peacefully,” Japarov told parliament on October 16.
He suggested that the early presidential election be held no later than January 10 next year, and proposed to lower the threshold to enter parliament from 7 to 5 percent.
Meanwhile, Central Election Commission Chairwoman Nurjan Shaildabekova said that the election was tentatively scheduled for January 17.
On Wednesday Mr Jeenbekov gave his approval to the new PM’s appointment after parliament voted for him a second time.
Kyrgyzstan has been in crisis since parliamentary elections on 4 October. Subsequent protests forced electoral officials to annul the results, and also toppled the government.
Kyrgyz Constitution provides that the parliament speaker becomes acting president in case the president resigns, but the chairman of the legislature, Kanatbek Isaev, declined to assume the presidency until new elections are held