Kyrgyz PM, Parliament Speaker step down amid protests

BISHKEK: Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Kubatbek Boronov and Speaker of the Parliament Dastan Dzhumabekov resigned amid protests in the country.
On the same day, the deputies of the Kyrgyz Parliament at an extraordinary meeting elected a new speaker of the parliament and acting prime minister of the country.
Member of the parliament Myktybek Abdyldaev was elected as speaker of the parliament and opposition leader Sadyr Zhaparov became the acting prime minister.
Zhaparov was released from the colony earlier amid protests to annul the results of parliamentary elections. He was serving time on charges of taking a hostage during the 2013 riots.
On Monday, members of political parties, which lost the parliamentary elections, staged a protest in Bishkek.
The protesters seized the Parliament building and several buildings of state bodies.
The law enforcement agents used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. As a result of clashes between the police and protesters, 686 people received various injures, and one person died.
Meanwhile, the Central Election Commission annulled the results of the parliamentary elections.
Earlier, Kyrgyzstan’s election commission annulled the results of parliamentary elections following nationwide protests.
The Central Election Commission said it would set a date for a new round of voting within two weeks.
The elections were held on Sunday with the participation of 16 political parties. According to preliminary results of the elections, four parties — Birimdik, Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan Party, Butun Kyrgyzstan — crossed the 7 percent threshold to enter the parliament.
Some parties which failed to meet the voting threshold organized protests on Monday demanding the election’s annulment, claiming gross violations.
Protesters seized several strategic assets in Bishkek, the country’s capital, including the parliament and government buildings.
Clashes between police and protesters resulted in 590 injuries and one death, according to the Health Ministry.
The Bishkek mayor and three governors out of seven oblasts of the country tendered their resignations. The Bishkek mayor’s office and Naryn Oblast’s government office have been occupied by protesters.–Agencies