Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov resigned on Tuesday. This happened a few hours after the electoral council of the Central Asian country annulled the result of Sunday’s parliamentary elections, because of demonstrations and riots against that result.
Kyrgyzstan has been politically unstable for years
When the results were announced, it appeared that only four of the sixteen participating parties had reached the 7 percent electoral threshold. Three of those parties have close links with pro-Russian President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. At least ten political parties called for a repeat of the ballot box because votes were said to have been bought on a large scale.
Opponents of Jeenbekov also opposed the result, which led to riots. Protesters occupy the parliament and government building in the capital Bishkek.
Meanwhile, opposition groups declared that they had taken power from Jeenbekov. They also freed former President Almazbek Atambayev. He was serving an eleven-year prison sentence for corruption. According to his supporters, it was a political process.
Kyrgyzstan, with a population of 6.5 million, has a turbulent recent political history: in the past 15 years, two presidents have been impeached and former president Atambayev has been jailed after arguing with his successor.
The political instability in the country is a cause for concern for Russia. It has an air base in the former Soviet republic. Moscow is already dealing with crises with two other allies: Belarus and Armenia.