Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, announced his resignation this Thursday (15). The former Soviet republic located in Central Asia is going through a crisis after reports of fraud that led to the annul the results of the legislative elections ten days ago.
“I don’t cling to power, I don’t want to go down in Kyrgyzstan’s history as the president who spilled the blood of its citizens. So I decided to resign,” said Jeenbekov in a statement.
Last week, he declared he was “willing to resign” when legitimate authorities are approved and we get back on the path of legality. “He became the third president of the country to leave office in advance, since 2005, due to protests and popular revolt.
Kyrgyzstan and neighboring countries – Photo: G1
The results of The October 4 elections, marked by charges of fraud, were canceled last week after the violent protests and the occupation of several government buildings by groups of opponents.
Kyrgyz parliamentary election canceled
At the beginning of the month, the Prime Minister, Kubatbek Boronov, also resigned from office amid the disturbances and protests that left one dead and hundreds injured in the country. The successor, Sadyr Japarov, was elected by Parliament and asked for Jeenbekov’s immediate departure the presidency.
THE current prime minister was in prison until last week for kidnapping a regional governor. He was released by his supporters, managed to annul his conviction and imposed himself as head of government with the support of the streets.
Police officers remove barricade from streets of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Monday night (5) – Photo: Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP
Surrounded by authoritarian governments, Kyrgyzstan, a poor country, is a democratic exception in Central Asia – although political transitions have always been agitated.
Movement in the country worries Russia geographical and historical proximity. In addition to thousands of Russian workers originating in Kyrgyzstan, the country houses a Russian air base in its territory.