Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned Thursday after ten days of unrest following a controversial election, saying he wanted to prevent clashes between security forces and protesters who were calling for his impeachment.
Kyrgyzstan has been in turmoil since the October 4th parliamentary elections, which the opposition rejected after Jeenbekov’s allies were declared winners.
After opposition supporters took to the streets and confiscated government buildings, the authorities overturned the vote. Jeenbekov announced last week that he would resign, but this week he delayed his exit, saying he would stay in office until a new election was held.
On Wednesday, Jeenbekov accepted Parliament’s election as Prime Minister of Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist whose supporters released him from prison last week. Japarov and his supporters have called for Jeenbekov to leave office.
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Kyrgyzstan, a small Central Asian former Soviet republic bordering China, has been experiencing political turbulence for years. Jeenbekov is now the third president to be overthrown in a popular uprising since 2005.