Hundreds of people were injured in riots after the controversial parliamentary elections. Kubatbek Boronov is now stepping down from office.
After the unrest in Kyrgyzstan, the Prime Minister of the Central Asian country, Kubatbek Boronov, resigned. As the parliamentary press service announced on Tuesday, the politician Sadyr Shaparov, who was released from prison by demonstrators the day before, was elected by parliament as the new head of government.
Because of the officially announced election victory of the political camp of State Head Sooronbai Dscheenbekow, there were massive protests, whereupon the election result was canceled.
“Shaparov was elected the incumbent Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic,” it said in a statement. The decision was taken at an extraordinary session of Parliament. The election took place in a hotel after demonstrators had occupied parliament.
On Tuesday night, the president’s opponents also managed to free ex-head of state Alsambek Atambayev, who had been arrested for corruption, from prison.
Under the impression of the protests, the election commission canceled the results it had initially published. According to this initial information, four parties had made it into parliament, three of which are close to President Dscheenbekow, while the main opposition parties Bir Bol and Ata Meken failed to pass the seven percent threshold.
The opposition in the Central Asian country accuses the president of electoral fraud and called for protests. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spoke of “credible” reports of vote buying.