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Kyrgyzstan: President Jeenbekov says ‘certain political forces’ attempting to ‘seize power’01:22

Kyrgyzstan: President Jeenbekov says ‘certain political forces’ attempting to ‘seize power’

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
October 6, 2020 at 09:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov accused "certain political forces" of attempting to illegally seize power in the country following a night of unrest over the weekend’s parliamentary election. He was speaking in the capital Bishkek on Tuesday.

Jeenbekov said the people protesting the election “did not obey orders of law enforcement, hurt medical personnel, and destroyed buildings. In order to avoid bloodshed and injuries, I ordered law enforcement officers not to shoot.”

He stated that “the value of peace in the country and stability of the society is higher than any deputy’s seat”, adding he had asked the Central Election Commission “to deeply analyse electoral fraud and, if necessary, annul the results of the vote.”

The Kyrgyz Health Ministry said that one person had died and 686 injured following mass protests in Bishkek and other cities.

The protests started after opposition supporters gathered at the Ala-Too square on Monday to voice their disagreement with the election results.

The demonstrators stormed the parliament overnight, and the building caught fire shortly afterwards.

According to the preliminary results, only four parties in Sunday’s parliamentary election exceeded the seven-percent election threshold to gain entry to the 120-seat legislature.

The CEC announced later on Tuesday that the election results have been annulled.

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Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov accused "certain political forces" of attempting to illegally seize power in the country following a night of unrest over the weekend’s parliamentary election. He was speaking in the capital Bishkek on Tuesday.

Jeenbekov said the people protesting the election “did not obey orders of law enforcement, hurt medical personnel, and destroyed buildings. In order to avoid bloodshed and injuries, I ordered law enforcement officers not to shoot.”

He stated that “the value of peace in the country and stability of the society is higher than any deputy’s seat”, adding he had asked the Central Election Commission “to deeply analyse electoral fraud and, if necessary, annul the results of the vote.”

The Kyrgyz Health Ministry said that one person had died and 686 injured following mass protests in Bishkek and other cities.

The protests started after opposition supporters gathered at the Ala-Too square on Monday to voice their disagreement with the election results.

The demonstrators stormed the parliament overnight, and the building caught fire shortly afterwards.

According to the preliminary results, only four parties in Sunday’s parliamentary election exceeded the seven-percent election threshold to gain entry to the 120-seat legislature.

The CEC announced later on Tuesday that the election results have been annulled.

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