Kyrgyz President Strengthens Hold By Imposing Emergency

Kyrgyz President Strengthens Hold By Imposing Emergency

President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has imposed a state of emergency to maintain law and order in the capital, Bishkek after election results on October 4, 2020.

The Сentral Asian country, Kyrgyzstan has been gripped by unrest since the parliamentary election results announcement. The country’s election commission has also announced that the elections as invalid.

Amid widespread allegations of vote-buying from the opposition parties, the poll results were declared on Tuesday in which the ruling party has claimed a landslide majority win.

Further, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has named 51-year-old Sadyr Zhaparov named as a new Prime Minister. This step is taken to strengthen Jeenbekov’s hold on power.

Also, the declaration of a state of emergency was declared till October 21, 2020, to suppress the opposition. In the name of law and order, ex-President Almazbek Atambayev was arrested.

Appointing Zhaparov as Prime Minister has come a day after President Jeenbekov ordered military troops to re-establish the law and order in the country’s capital. He also, announced that he is ready to step down as a new government is formed.

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But at the same time, Jeenbekov has made moves to suppress the public anger and unrest by imposing a ban on rallies and large public gatherings.

The clashes which erupted on Monday has injured more than 1200 people and killed at least 1 according to the official reports by the Health Ministry of Kyrgyzstan.

Jeenbekov has opted to strengthen his hold on power by appointing his supporters and obedients. The major set back for Kyrgyzstan’s opposition is that it is divided between 11 parties. Hence the unrest brews in Kyrgyzstan as political crisis deepens. Also, the division among the opposition has grown a lot that there is no point where a common consensus can be drawn between them. Kyrgyzstan president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov came to power in 2017 first.

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