The reason he is withdrawing is that he wants to avoid clashes between security forces and protesters demanding his resignation, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday.
– I do not doubt the power. I do not want to be the one in the history of Kyrgyzstan who let the blood flow and shot at his own citizens, the president writes in the statement announcing his resignation, according to local media.
Jeenbekov already announced last week that he was ready to resign.
Kyrgyzstan held elections at a new National Assembly on October 4. The opposition refused to approve the result, and protesters then took control of several buildings and replaced the country’s prime minister with his own candidate, Sadyr Japarov, who had been released from prison a few hours earlier.
Japarov was approved by the National Assembly and installed as prime minister on Wednesday. He also demanded the resignation of the president.
– The president’s resignation is what the people demand. I will travel to the president today, and we will solve this challenge, Japarov said after the inauguration.