Incumbent had said he would stay on to stabilise country, but he suddenly quit after meeting Sadyr Japarov, a controversial ex-official sprung from prison by protesters and voted in as PM. Japarov also stands to become acting president.
Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist who was bust out of jail by supporters during the post-election upheaval tht hit Kyrgyzstan last week, also looks set to claim the presidency.
Amid latest chaos in Kyrgyzstan’s power vacuum, president in hiding declares state of emergency and orders army on to the streets.
In assessing events in the Central Asian republic, you can’t ignore its intricate north-south divide.
Kremlin spokesman refers to security treaty as various groups struggle to fill power vacuum amid revolution that threatens to bring on mob rule.
Some fear of a ‘north-south’ split emerging as former mayor is greeted by thousands as he arrives back in “southern capital” of Osh.
After only two days it seems that the Kyrgyzstanis have already moved beyond the Belarusians, who will now look to Bishkek for inspiration in the post-Lukashenko period, if they get that far.
Locals express long-held anger at what they see as companies from abroad benefitting unduly from country’s natural resources.
Move to cancel results of ‘fixed’ parliamentary election appears to come too late to appease those mounting coup d’etat.
Protesters break into building housing parliament and presidential offices and free President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s predecessor Almazbek Atambayev. Television and security buildings taken over.
Demonstrators incensed at claimed vote-buying and intimidation as two leading parties win parliamentary poll.