Kyrgyzstan’s opposition says it wants to seize control of former Soviet republics

Political opposition forces in Kyrgyzstan said they were seeking to seize power and form a new government after the elections took control of state buildings in the capital.

President Sororbai Zenebkov fled Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday morning after demonstrations in the capital of this Central Asian country, but later in the day stated on a video address from an undisclosed location that political groups illegally used the election to excuse him for election While trying out. Power grab His whereabouts were not clear.

Those protesting the parliamentary vote to enter a government building known as the White House on Tuesday in Bishkek.


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Resource-rich Kyrgyzstan, which has been a platform for competing Russian, Chinese and American interests since independence from the Soviet Union, has seen an accelerated succession of governments in recent years, including two in 2005 and 2010 due to the revolution The President is involved.

The country is a member of the Collective-Defense Alliance with Moscow and several other Soviet-Soviet states and has maintained good relations with Russia, which has mentioned expanding its military base in the country.

The US also used Kyrgyzstan as a strategic center for operations during the height of its war in Afghanistan, although that base was closed in 2014 amid pressure from Moscow to limit Washington’s influence in the region Was.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow hopes for a solution to instability in the country. Russia maintains a Soviet-heritage airport, which its armed forces said was placed on high alert amid violence.

A damaged office in the White House building that houses Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration and parliament after it was seized by protesters.


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“We are concerned, but hope that all political forces find the ability to operate within the framework of the constitution,” he told reporters during a briefing, noting that any talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mr. Zenebkov Did not happen.

According to local police, the speaker of Kyrgyzstan’s parliament resigned on Tuesday after the unrest which left 500 injured. Deputy Speaker Muralan Bakarov said that if he does not resign, the parliament will call on Mr. Zenebkov on Wednesday for impeachment.

The Russian news agency Interfax reported, “Parliament will set up a special commission to conduct the impeachment process for the Kyrgyz president.”

He said that Parliament would also consider opposition candidates for the post of Prime Minister.

The Central Election Committee of Kyrgyzstan said it was announcing the results of the poll over the weekend, showing only two parties, one of which was linked to Mr Zanebkov, making it a threshold for entering parliament gave.

The vote monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in a statement that elections were tainted with credible allegations of vote buying.

A gate outside the White House building that was removed.


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Protesters and robbers occupied several large, foreign-owned mines of Kyrgyzstan amidst instability.

A spokesman for the Russian-Kazakh mining company Alliance Altin said the men had looted the site of one of its operations, looting ore and setting it on fire.

“Control has not yet been re-established,” spokesman Kasiyet Karacholokova said.

Write Thomas Grove at [email protected]

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Printed as ‘Kyrgyzstan Rebels Move to Seas Control’, screened on October 7, 2020.


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