Kyrgyzstan president resigns to end post-election crisis

Kyrgyzstan president resigns to end post-election crisis

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan resigned on Thursday, saying he wanted to end the crisis caused by the parliamentary elections earlier this month.

Protests broke out after the parties loyal to Yenbekov won the election on October 4, but opponents said their votes were hit. The result was later cancelled, but this did not eliminate the tension.

“I am not clinging to power. I do not want to go down in the history of Kyrgyzstan as a president who allowed bloodshed and shooting on its people. I have taken the decision to resign,” Jeenbekov said in a statement released by his office.

In the post-election clashes between protesters and police, more than 1,200 people were injured and one person was killed.

The move was held with the support of supporters of Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov (he was only taken hostage last week).

“The current situation is close to a two-sided conflict. On the one hand, the protesters, on the other, the law enforcement agencies,” Jeenbekov said in the statement.

“Military personnel and law enforcement agencies are obliged to use weapons to protect the residence of head of state. In this case, blood will be shed. It is inevitable. I urge both sides not to succumb to provocations.”

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