State of emergency declared amid protests in Kyrgyzstan
Published: 09:49 PM, 9 October 2020
Kyrgyzstan's president Sooronbay Jeenbekov on Friday declared a state of emergency in the capital Bishkek following election protests that turned violent.
It has been said in a statement from Jeenbekov’s office the state of emergency, including a curfew and tight security restrictions that will go in effect from 8 pm on Friday until 8 am on Oct. 21 in Bishkek to disperse the demonstrations.
Jeenbekov's announcement did not say how many troops would be deployed, however, the military were instructed to “take the situation under control” and use military vehicles, set up checkpoints and stop armed clashes.
Before declaring a state of emergency, Jeenbekov forced Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov and Parliament Speaker Dastan Jumabekov to step down.
The movements in Kyrgyzstan began last week in protest of vote rigging in parliamentary elections. On Tuesday, protesters seized several government offices, including the parliament building. They freed former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was convicted of corruption.
On Friday morning, the president said he was ready to resign after forming a new cabinet to resolve political unrest.