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Kyrgyzstan: Opposition supporters rally in Bishkek01:09

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition supporters rally in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
October 7, 2020 at 15:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of opposition supporters gathered in the centre of Bishkek on Wednesday demanding a new generation of politicians form the country’s next government after results of the weekend’s general election were annulled following violent protests.

The demonstrators chanted slogans and held posters reading “Kyrgyzstan, do not divide” and “People need peace” while rallying at the central Ala-Too Square.

At one point in the protest, scuffles broke out between rival opposition supporters.

The unrest in the country started after the preliminary results of Sunday’s vote were announced. According to election officials, only one opposition party managed to get representation in the parliament with the majority of the 120-seat legislature going to the pro-government parties.

The Central Election Commission annulled the results on Tuesday after violent protests.

The opposition has set up a self-proclaimed People's Coordination Council and announced on Wednesday it was assuming power and dissolving the parliament.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Tuesday accused “certain political forces” of trying to illegally seize power in the country. He has called for dialogue with the opposition, stating his readiness to negotiate.

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition supporters rally in Bishkek01:09
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Hundreds of opposition supporters gathered in the centre of Bishkek on Wednesday demanding a new generation of politicians form the country’s next government after results of the weekend’s general election were annulled following violent protests.

The demonstrators chanted slogans and held posters reading “Kyrgyzstan, do not divide” and “People need peace” while rallying at the central Ala-Too Square.

At one point in the protest, scuffles broke out between rival opposition supporters.

The unrest in the country started after the preliminary results of Sunday’s vote were announced. According to election officials, only one opposition party managed to get representation in the parliament with the majority of the 120-seat legislature going to the pro-government parties.

The Central Election Commission annulled the results on Tuesday after violent protests.

The opposition has set up a self-proclaimed People's Coordination Council and announced on Wednesday it was assuming power and dissolving the parliament.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Tuesday accused “certain political forces” of trying to illegally seize power in the country. He has called for dialogue with the opposition, stating his readiness to negotiate.

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