Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic

In recent days, the entire world community has been closely watching the events in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Parliamentary elections were held in Kyrgyzstan on October 4, 2020. The Kyrgyz side expresses its deep gratitude to the international partners for the technical assistance in organizing and conducting elections, as well as to international observer missions including from the CIS, CSTO, SCO, OSCE/ODIHR, TurkPA, CCTSS, etc.

Unfortunately, the elections of the members of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic were overshadowed by reports and appeals from political parties about violations of the electoral process, falsifications, vote-buying.

All this resulted in a fair popular outrage, which escalated on the night of October 5-6, 2020 into riots in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. Tear gas, flash and noise grenades, rubber bullets were used by law enforcement agencies. About 1,200 civilians and law enforcement officers received various degrees of injury, 120 of them were seriously injured, one person died.

Representatives of most of the political parties participating in the elections rejected the declared voting results as well. Under public pressure on October 6, 2020 the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums of the Kyrgyz Republic declared the election results invalid. On the same day, Prime Minister K.Boronov and Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic D.Dzhumabekov resigned.

From that moment on, all sensible political forces, the intellectuals, elders, young people of the country united their efforts aimed at ensuring the security of citizens, maintaining stability in society, preventing escalation and, most importantly, at returning of all political processes in the country into the legal framework at the earliest possible time.

On October 13, in accordance with the law of the Kyrgyz Republic, K.Isaev was elected Toraga (Speaker) by the current composition of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, which created a further basis for the formation of a legitimate Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

On October 14, the Jogorku Kenesh of the country approved the candidacy of S.Japarov for the post of Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the composition of the Government. On the same day, President S.Zheenbekov signed a decree “On the appointment of the Prime Minister and members of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic”.

On October 15, President S.Zheenbekov announced his decision to resign. The President’s statement is going to be considered at the meeting of the Jogorku Kenesh on October 16.

At present with the return of the internal political situation into the legal framework, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, all state and administrative bodies are functioning as usual, continuing to carry out the tasks assigned to them. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its subordinate organizations, as well as foreign missions of the Kyrgyz Republic are carrying out work as usual, including the issues of political, trade and economic cooperation and protection of the rights and interests of citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in foreign states.

The Kyrgyz Republic expresses gratitude to the entire international community, its friendly and fraternal neighbours in the region, strategic partners, and international organizations for their support in these difficult days for the country and people.

The events of recent days once again confirm that the freedom-loving people of Kyrgyzstan are the main guarantor that our country will not deviate from the path of democracy and will continue its development in accordance with the principles of the rule of law, protection and promotion of human rights.

The Kyrgyz Republic declares that it remains fully committed to all of its international obligations and strict implementation of all previously signed bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements.

At the same time, the Kyrgyz side confirms its commitment to adherence to continuity in the development of friendly relations with its foreign partners, protecting the rights of investors and ensuring the safety of foreign citizens in Kyrgyzstan.