In recent days, the entire world community has been closely watching the events in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Parliamentary elections were held in Kyrgyzstan on 4th of October, 2020. The Kyrgyz side expresses its deep gratitude to the international partners for the technical assistance in organization and conduct of 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
5-6th October, 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 6th of October, 2020 the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums of the Kyrgyz Republic declared the election results invalid. On the same day, Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov and Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic Dastan Dzhumabekov resigned.
From that moment on, all powerful 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 to the legal channel atthe earliest possible time.
On 13th of October, in accordance with the law of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kanatbek Isaev was elected as the 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 14th of October, the Jogorku Kenesh of the country approved the candidacy of Sadyr Japarov for the post of Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the composition of the Government. On the same day, President Sooronbay Zheenbekov signed a decree “On the appointment of the Prime Minister and members of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic”.
On 16th of October, 2020, an extraordinary meeting of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic was held.
During the meeting, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Zheenbekov, in accordance with the decision he announced the day before to resign, made a statement on his intention to officially resign. The Jogorku Kenesh accepted the resignation of the President while retaining the status of ex-President for Sooronbay Zheenbekov and all the relevant rights and privileges provided by the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Taking into account the refusal of the Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Kanat Isaev from the duties of the head of state, Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov became the acting President of the Kyrgyz Republic. The transfer of power in the Kyrgyz Republic thus took place peacefully and in strict accordance with the current legislation of the country. The foundations have been laid for the further sustainable development of the republic, strengthening public consensus and stability, as well as returning the situation to the legal track.
In accordance with the legislation of the country and following the results of consultations of all political forces, the dates for the repeated parliamentary and early presidential elections will be determined in the near future. The Kyrgyz Republic will continue to further advance democratic reforms and strengthen parliamentarism, as well as the rule of law, protection and promotion of human rights.
At present with the return of the internal political situation to the legal channel, 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 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.