Sixteen parties participated in the parliamentary elections and 11 of them refused to accept the results
Kyrgyzstan has descended into further chaos as rival factions of the opposition attempt to seize power. After a chaotic night in the capital, Bishkek, when protesters affiliated with the opposition parties stormed government headquarters, and the subsequent resignation of the government of Prime Minister Kubat Bey Borunov and Parliament Speaker Dstanbek Jumabekov, and the cancellation of the results of the parliamentary elections, the efforts to calm down did not succeed in restraining the protesters who were released. Prominent figures from the opposition, including former President Almaz Bey Atambayev, and populist nationalist politician Sadr Jabarov, head of the Mekenshel party who declared himself prime minister less than 24 hours after his release. Jabarov was declared acting prime minister during an extraordinary parliamentary session held in a hotel after the protesters took control of the parliament building, while eight opposition parties, whose representatives met at government headquarters to resolve their differences, proposed that Telek Toktakaziev, the 29-year-old contractor, take over the leadership of the interim government. Until new elections. There is no indication on the horizon whether Genbekov, who has not appeared in public since the outbreak of the unrest, intends to endorse Jabbarov’s appointment after Borunov’s resignation. Jabbarov said that the head of state should resign in order to “settle the situation,” describing the meeting of the opposition parties in the prime minister’s office as “anti-revolutionary”, and hinting at the possibility of a worsening of the situation.
Sixteen parties participated in Sunday’s elections, while 11 of them refused to accept the results that showed the control of two pro-presidential parties, Peremdik and Menikim Kyrgyzstan, over the 120-seat parliament, and the exit of three parties that did not cross the threshold. As the protests increased, three parties announced their leadership, at the forefront of which was the “Coordination Council”, which was established on Tuesday and includes existing political parties opposing Jinbekov. The day before yesterday, another faction called itself the “People’s Coordination Council” appeared, formed by five smaller opposition parties, whose leaders did not assume any major government positions, and called for the purification of the elite, after it refused to recognize Jabarov’s interim government, declaring that it assumed all state powers and dissolved Parliament. Despite the opposition parties’ competition for power, the parties associated with state institutions, which were declared victorious in the elections, remained silent, after Jinbekov called on his supporters not to confront the protesters in order to avoid escalation.
America “with the people”
The United States urged all parties in Kyrgyzstan to exercise restraint and find a peaceful solution to the crisis, expressing concern about practices that marred the elections and led to the protests. The US State Department, through its spokesperson, called on all parties to “renounce violence and resolve the conflict over the elections by peaceful means,” noting that a monitoring mission supported by the “Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe” concluded “credible information about the purchase of young votes. The election”. The spokesman added: “The Kyrgyz people must make decisions regarding their future, the formation of their government, and how to organize and date the elections,” affirming Washington’s support for the sovereignty of the Kyrgyz people and the democracy of governance in the country.
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