Kyrgyzstan PM Boronov resigns as election results annulled

Kyrgyzstan PM Boronov resigns as election results annulled
Two parties with close ties to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov each took 25% of the vote. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The prime minister of Kyrgyzstan has resigned after widespread post-election protests, which plunged the country into political chaos.

Kubatbek Boronov has now been replaced by Sadyr Japarov, who protesters released from jail the day before.

Opposition groups had earlier managed to gain control of parliament, protesting election results they say were rigged.

The country’s electoral body has annulled the results of Sunday’s parliament elections after facing mounting pressure.

The election results show parties allied to the country’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov win the largest share of the votes, amid accusations of mass vote-buying.

President Jeenbekov is still in power but has indicated that he is ready to stand down.

He had earlier told in an interview with the BBC that he was “ready to give the responsibility to strong leaders”, but refused to say who he had in mind.

The latest announcement comes after days of chaos in Kyrgyzstan which saw protesters seizing government buildings and freeing high-profile political detainees – including Mr Japarov, who had been serving an 11-year sentence for kidnapping a regional governor during an opposition protest seven years ago.

Former president Almazbek Atambayev was also released who was serving an 11-year sentence for corruption.

Only four political parties out of 16 had passed the threshold for entry into parliament in Sunday’s election. Three of the four had close ties to the President.

The President had hinted that he was ready to annul the result before the official announcement came from the Central Election Commission, which said it had invalidated the election results “in consideration of the political situation in the country”.

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