His decision to resign Sooronbai Jeenbekov explained by the desire to prevent bloodshed in the country. He called on the opposition to withdraw its supporters from the streets and return to a peaceful life.
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov
announced his resignation against the backdrop of ongoing mass protests in the country. In an address
published on Thursday, October 15, on the official website of the head of state, Jeenbekov explained his decision by his desire to prevent bloodshed in the country.
"The aggression does not subside, the demand for my immediate resignation continues. The current situation is close to a bilateral conflict. On the one hand, the protesters, on the other hand, law enforcement agencies. Military personnel and law enforcement agencies are obliged to use weapons to protect the State residence “I urge both sides not to succumb to provocations, "Jeenbekov wrote.
He called on the new Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov and other politicians to withdraw their supporters from the streets of the country's capital Bishkek and "return a peaceful life to Bishkek residents." Jeenbekov's allies, according to official results, won the parliamentary elections on October 4 but a barrage of mass protests
led to the resignation of the government and forced authorities to annul the election results.
President responsibilities get transferred to the Speaker
According to the constitution of Kyrgyzstan, the president powers should be transferred to the speaker of the parliament, Kanat Isaev.
Meanwhile, a member of the CEC of Kyrgyzstan, Atyr Abdrakhmatova, said that the election of the new president would take place three months after Jeenbekov's resignation. "After the resignation, the CEC appoints new elections, which should be held within three months," she said. At the same time, Adbrakhmarova noted that "the person who acts as the head of state, that is, the speaker, does not have the right to participate in these head of state elections." This person also has no right to dismiss the government, she added.
Political crisis in Kyrgyzstan
Negotiations on the resignation of Sooronbai Jeenbekov from the presidency began on October 14, after the nationalist Sadyr Zhaparov, who was appointed prime minister of Kyrgyzstan after being reelected
in parliament. The prime minister promised that he would seek Jeenbekov's resignation, a thing in his words, "is the demand of the people."
On October 14, the presidential press service announced that Jeenbekov is ready to leave his post but will do so only after new parliamentary elections that had not yet been scheduled, since now "this will lead to an unpredictable scenario of events to the detriment of state."
For the first time, calls for the president's resignation were made at rallies early last week, when political pariahs, dissatisfied with the results of the parliamentary elections, spoke out against the results of the vote. The leaders of the Chon Kazat (Great March), Republic, and Yiman Nuru (Ray of Faith) parties that took part in the protests joined the new government.