BIŠKEK On Friday, Kyrgyz President Sooronbayen Zheenbekov declared a state of emergency in Bishkek and ordered the deployment of troops in the streets of the metropolis. Reuters reported, referring to the presidential palace. Zheenbekov also signed the resignation of Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov on Friday and dissolved the government. The Central Asian country is plagued by unrest after Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
The state of emergency will apply from 20:00 local time on Friday (16:00 CEST) and should last until Wednesday, October 21. It includes a curfew and stricter security measures.
It is not yet clear how many soldiers the president sent to the streets. He ordered the army to build a checkpoint in the city and prevent armed conflicts.
Shooting was heard today in the central square of the Kyrgyz capital, where large demonstrations are taking place in support of various rival politicians, Reuters reports. According to the reporter of the agency, which is on the spot, the protesters throw stones and bottles at each other.
Members of the government, with the exception of the prime minister, will continue to work until a new cabinet is created, the Russian newspaper Kommersant said on its website.
Demonstrations erupted in Kyrgyzstan on Monday to protest the election, and the election commission canceled the result on Tuesday. 16 parties ran in them and 11 of them refused to recognize the results because the most votes were won by the established parties.
Opposition supporters occupied part of the government buildings on Tuesday and released opposition leader Sadyr Zaparov and former President Almazbek Atambayev from prison. At the same time, they announced that they wanted to overthrow President Zheenbekov and form a new government.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boronov resigned and part of parliament elected Žaparov to replace him. However, according to Kommersant, the second part of the deputy did not agree with this step.
President Zheenbekov said today that he is willing to resign once a new cabinet is appointed. However, the opposition is divided and has not yet agreed to form a caretaker government.
Now the parties are arguing for the post of prime minister and speaker of parliament, writes Kommersant. The first steps towards a solution appeared today, when two candidates for the post of new prime minister, Omurbek Babanov and Tilek Toktogaziev, announced that they would cooperate. Several parties have already supported them, but Japarov has not yet commented, Reuters reported.