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Kyrgyzstan: Supporters of former Osh mayor flood city centre00:54

Kyrgyzstan: Supporters of former Osh mayor flood city centre

Kyrgyzstan, Osh
October 7, 2020 at 00:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of former mayor of Osh Melis Myrzakmatov, who has been on the international wanted list on charges of abuse of power, gathered in the centre of the city on Tuesday night.

Myrzakmatov, who was sentenced to 7 years in prison in absentia in 2017, arrived in Kyrgyzstan and addressed protesters during the rally.

According to the local media, the rally was attended by more than 2000 people.

Earlier in the afternoon supporters of the incumbent Kyrgyz president Sooronbay Jeenbekov as well as his opponents also gathered in the city centre.

The protests in Kyrgyzstan started after the opposition 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 afterward.

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 were annulled.

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

Kyrgyzstan: Supporters of former Osh mayor flood city centre00:54
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Supporters of former mayor of Osh Melis Myrzakmatov, who has been on the international wanted list on charges of abuse of power, gathered in the centre of the city on Tuesday night.

Myrzakmatov, who was sentenced to 7 years in prison in absentia in 2017, arrived in Kyrgyzstan and addressed protesters during the rally.

According to the local media, the rally was attended by more than 2000 people.

Earlier in the afternoon supporters of the incumbent Kyrgyz president Sooronbay Jeenbekov as well as his opponents also gathered in the city centre.

The protests in Kyrgyzstan started after the opposition 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 afterward.

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 were annulled.

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

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