Kyrgyzstan on the Verge of Revolt Due to Post-Election Protests
The results of a parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan have led to protests. People broke into government and security headquarters early on Tuesday and freed a former president from custody, according to local news websites.
The Reason Behind the Protests
Authorities stated that they did not rule out holding another vote as public rallies began in other cities across the country.
The thousands of strong protests instigated after two establishment parties, one of which is close to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, swept Sunday’s vote, according to preliminary results.
Protesters demanded that the vote results be canceled. The Central Election Commission stated on Tuesday that it would consider their request, according to local news website 24.kg reported.
Russian news agency RIA quoted Jeenbekov’s spokeswoman as saying he also did not rule out annulling the results of the contested election. She spokeswoman said Jeenbekov remained in control and was still in Bishkek.
Police had dispersed the protest late on Monday, but protesters returned to the central square of capital Bishkek hours later and broke into the building that houses both the president and parliament, the local websites said.
Atambayev was Freed
The building, locally known as the White House briefly caught fire on Tuesday morning; however, the blaze was quickly put out.
Protesters then broke into the headquarters of State Committee on National Security and freed former president Almazbek Atambayev. He was sentenced to a lengthy prison term this year due to corruption charges after falling out with Jeenbekov, his successor.
Opposition groups took control over various more buildings, consisting of the mayor’s office, and appointed their own acting head of national security, acting prosecutor general, and a commandant of Bishkek although it was unclear how much actual power they possessed.
Various provincial governors have resigned, as per local media reports.
One person has been killed and 590 wounded in the overnight clashes, according to the government.
Local media reported that public rallies started on Tuesday in various provincial centers, most of them anti-government, while Jeenbekov’s supporters accumulated in the southern city of Osh, where his brother demanded unity and order.