Prime Minister declares himself President of Kyrgyzstan

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After the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, protests were sometimes bloody. After the president has resigned, there is now a new head of state. Shaparov has appointed himself without further ado.

Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Sadyr Shaparov has declared himself president of the Central Asian country. “The powers of the president and the prime minister have been transferred to me,” said Shaparov on Thursday in front of cheering supporters. A few hours earlier, President Sooronbai Dscheenbekow had resigned, who had come under pressure from massive protests by his opponents after the controversial parliamentary election on October 4.

“Everything is in its place now”

“I congratulate you on your victory,” said Shaparov to his supporters. “Everything is in its place now.” After his remarks, the incumbent parliamentarian refused to take over the office of president. Shaparov was recently appointed prime minister.

In view of the unrest in the capital Bishkek, Dscheenbekow had declared himself ready to resign under certain conditions. At the same time he declared a state of emergency. He does not want to go down in the history of Kyrgyzstan as the president “who allowed bloodshed and allowed his people to be shot,” said Dscheenbekov.

Fatalities in protests

At least one person was killed and more than 1,200 injured in the violent protests following the general election. At times, demonstrators broke into the seat of government in the capital, Bishkek, and freed several people from prison, including the current Prime Minister Shaparov and the former head of state Alsambek Atambayev. Atambayev has since been arrested again.

The predominantly Muslim Kyrgyzstan with its 6.5 million inhabitants is considered the most democratic country in Central Asia, but at the same time it is politically particularly unstable. Unrest had already led to the overthrow of two presidents in 2005 and 2010.

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