Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov announces resignation

  • Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov announces resignation

Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov announces resignation

The mountainous, landlocked Central Asian country has plunged into chaos since the tainted parliamentary election October 4 that sparked massive demonstrations, the storming of the presidential offices and parliament, and a political standoff that has culminated in Jeenbekov's departure.

For days, protesters have demanded Sooronbai Jeenbekov to leave after a disputed election result.

In statement, Jeenbekov highlighted the continued tensions in Kyrgyzstan and his desire to avoid bloodshed.

It was not immediately clear who would take control of the country, a Russian ally that borders on China. "On the one side, there are protesters; on the other law enforcement".

"The military and security forces will be obliged to use their weapons to protect the state residence. In [that] case, blood will be shed; it is inevitable", Jeenbekov's statement said.

As Eurasianet repored, anti-Jeenbekov crowds were planning to to march on the president's residence.

He did not want to be remembered by history as the president who opened fire on his own citizens, he said. "Therefore, I chose to resign".

Jeenbekov called on Japarov and other politicians "to withdraw their supporters from the capital of the country so the people of Bishkek (can) return to a peaceful life" as he resigned on Thursday.

"No power is worth the integrity of our country and harmony in society".

"I'm not clinging to power". Constitutional rules say the parliament speaker, Kanatbek Isayev, should assume the presidential powers.

"One thing is clear: some forces - I am sure sooner or later we will find out which ones - chose to seize power by force and made the president choose between resignation or an all-out war", Kulov said.

Their attentions are turning to Kanat Isayev, the last obstacle to a Japarov presidency. But if he goes, the prime minister is next in line to the acting presidency.

Japarov's supporters freed him from prison last week amid unrest after a parliamentary election in which official results showed a landslide victory for Jeenbekov's allies.

Earlier this week, Dmitry Kozak, the deputy head of Putin's administration, met with Jeenbekov and said he played a "key role" in the country's stable development. It's unclear if the parties accused of engineering the vote-buying, thereby rigging the election, will be disqualified from running, but that seems unlikely.

Parliament had earlier confirmed nationalist Japarov as premier for the second time, after Jeenbekov vetoed its previous decision on October 10 because of proxy voting by some legislators.

In a strongly worded statement Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy lamented the efforts by organized crime groups to gain political control.

The current turmoil in Kyrgyzstan centers on domestic rivalries.

Explained: Why is Kyrgyzstan facing its worst political crisis in decades? Over the next few days, two candidates emerged for the prime minister's job, 51-year-old Japarov and Tilek Toktogaziyev, a 29-year-old businessman from a liberal opposition party. Some of them - Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Almazbek Atambayev, and Sooronbay Jeenbekov - have gone on to become president. Some have done both.