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Kyrgyzstan: President Jeenbekov officially resigns amid post-election turmoil01:21

Kyrgyzstan: President Jeenbekov officially resigns amid post-election turmoil

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
October 16, 2020 at 10:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov officially resigned at an extraordinary meeting of the parliament in Bishkek on Friday amid unrest over the country’s parliamentary elections.

"I made a decision to resign from the post of the president in order to keep peace in the country without dividing its people. The society might be accepting this decision in different ways. Time will show whether it was right or wrong," said Jeenbekov.

Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov will now assume the presidential powers after Speaker of the Parliament Kanatbek Isayev refused to serve as acting president, according to Zhaparov.

Kyrgyzstan has been in a political crisis since the October 4 parliamentary election results were annulled last week after violent protests.

Kyrgyzstan: President Jeenbekov officially resigns amid post-election turmoil01:21
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Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov officially resigned at an extraordinary meeting of the parliament in Bishkek on Friday amid unrest over the country’s parliamentary elections.

"I made a decision to resign from the post of the president in order to keep peace in the country without dividing its people. The society might be accepting this decision in different ways. Time will show whether it was right or wrong," said Jeenbekov.

Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov will now assume the presidential powers after Speaker of the Parliament Kanatbek Isayev refused to serve as acting president, according to Zhaparov.

Kyrgyzstan has been in a political crisis since the October 4 parliamentary election results were annulled last week after violent protests.

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