The president of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov has resigned on Thursday, October 15, 2020, after days of protests over a disputed parliamentary election. The president said he did so to prevent clashes and bloodshed between the country security forces and citizens who are protesting.
The third president of Kyrgyzstan to be removed after a popular uprising since 2005 said he values peace, integrity, unity and tranquility of the country above all things. Sooronbai Jeenbekov also said the life of each of the citizens of Kyrgyzstan is precious and dear to him. In an announcement made by Jeenbekov published on the Kyrgyzstan presidential website, the president said he is not holding on to power and do not want to be remembered in Kyrgyzstan history as the president who shed and shot at his country citizens and has therefore decided to end it all be resigning.
Jeenbekov also addressed Sadyr Japarov, one of the opposition leaders that was appointed prime minister on Wednesday to remove his supporters from the country capital Bishkek for peace to reign. Sadyr Japarov, the opposition leader had previously been in exile until his return in 2017. He had been arrested and jailed shortly after his return for 11 years but was freed by demonstrators some days ago.
Kyrgyzstan is a small country in Central Asia that borders China. Protests have been ongoing in the country since October 4, 2020, when the country opposition rejected the results of a parliamentary election where the resigned president allies claimed to have won.
What Next In Kyrgyzstan?
Following the president resignation, the country parliament speaker Kanatbek Isayev will assume presidential powers. Should the parliament speaker resign, the powers would be passed to the opposition leader Sadyr Japarov who recently became Kyrgyzstan prime minister as reported by Reuters.
Hundreds of Japarov’s supporters were demonstrating about a kilometre from the presidential residence when they heard that the country president had resigned and began to chant “Parliament must go!” and “Isayev must go!” after.
It’s not clear what happens next, as no one can tell what is going to happen in the coming days or month. Kyrgyzstan hosts a Russian military base and a large Canadian-owned gold mine. Russia has said it will be monitoring what happens in the country and should the country slide into chaos, it will ensure it restores stability to its former states