2020 Kyrgyz protests

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The 2020 Kyrgyzstan protests began on 5 October 2020 in response to the 2020 parliamentary election that were perceived by protestors as unfair. The results of the election were annulled on 6 October 2020.

Early protests[change | change source]

The protests began on Monday, 5 October 2020, with a crowd of 1,000 people,[1] that grew to at least 5,000 people by evening in Bishkek.[2] After nightfall, following a police operation to clear the Ala-Too Square of protesters with tear gas and water cannons, protesters allegedly attacked police officers with rocks and injured two of them.[3][4]

Political impacts[change | change source]

Former President Almazbek Atambayev was freed from prison.[5]

On 6 October, following the protests, the electoral authorities in the country annulled the results of the parliamentary elections.[6] Central Election Commission member Gulnara Jurabaeva also revealed the commission was considering self-dissolution.[7]

Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov resigned, citing parliamentary deputy Myktybek Abdyldayev as the new speaker on 6 October.[8]

On 15 October, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigned.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Pannier, Bruce. "Backlash Against Kyrgyz Parliamentary Election Results Comes Instantly". Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. RFE/RL, Inc. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. "Thousands protest over Kyrgyzstan election result". 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020 – via BBC News.
  3. Staff, Reuters (5 October 2020). "Kyrgyz police use teargas, water cannon to disperse protesters". Reuters. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. "Protests in Kyrgyzstan over alleged vote rigging". Al Jazeera English. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  5. "Opposition in Kyrgyzstan claims power after storming government buildings". CNN. 6 October 2020. Protesters then broke into the headquarters of the State Committee on National Security and freed former president Almazbek Atambayev, who was sentenced to a lengthy prison term this year on corruption charges after falling out with Jeenbekov, his successor.
  6. "Kyrgyzstan election: Sunday's results annulled after mass protests". BBC. 6 October 2020.
  7. "ЦИК Киргизии признал прошедшие парламентские выборы недействительными" (in Russian). 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  8. "Kyrgyz PM Boronov resigns, new speaker named - report". National Post. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  9. "Kyrgyzstan president Jeenbekov resigns after unrest". Reuters. Retrieved 15 October 2020.[permanent dead link]