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Kyrgyzstan: President steps down amid unrest across discussed election results

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov announced his resignation on Thursday in an attempt to end the turmoil that has engulfed the Central Asian country after a contested parliamentary election.

In a statement released by his office, Jeenbekov, who has faced calls to resign from protesters and political contests, stated that holding on to power was not”value the integrity of the nation and arrangement in society”.

“For me, peace in Kyrgyzstan, the nation’s integrity, the unity of the people and serene from the society are over all else,” Jeenbekov explained.

Kyrgyzstan, a nation of 6.5 million people situated on the boundary with China, was plunged into chaos after the October 4 vote which was spanned by pro-government parties.

Protesters subsequently took over government buildings, looting a few offices, and also the Central Election Commission nullified the election. Jeenbekov maintained a very low profile in the first couple of days following the vote, employing the in-fighting among demonstration leaders to dig. He also introduced a state of emergency in the funding which has been supported on Tuesday by parliament.

The movement eased tensions in town, where residents feared looting that followed previous uprisings and started forming vigilante groups to protect the land. Shops and banks which were closed have reopened.

Jeenbekov is the president of the former Soviet country to be ousted by popular uprisings because of 2005.

As from the uprisings that toppled presidents in 2005 and 2010, the present protests are pushed by the clan rivalries which form the nation’s politics.

New premier Sadyr Zhaparov, a former lawmaker who had been freed from prison by demonstrators protesting the election outcome, was sworn in office on Wednesday after being accepted by parliament. Among the first actions was to need Jeenbekov’s resignation.