Opposition supporters, some of whom are campaigning for a constitutional transfer of power, occupied most government buildings on Tuesday after the results of Sunday’s legislative elections were invalidated. However, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov remains in office.
On Tuesday night, parliament accepted Sadir Japarov’s appointment as prime minister, but an angry mob stormed the hotel where he found shelter after his release from prison. The opponent was forced to flee, according to local media.
In a speech broadcast overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, Japarov proposed reforming the Constitution before holding new presidential and legislative elections in two to three months. He acknowledged, however, that he did not have the support of the People’s Coordination Council.
New clashes took place during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in Bishkek between opposition supporters and self-defense groups, the local news website 24.kg reports.
The inhabitants of the capital, who had to deal with two riots after gaining independence from the Soviet Union, namely in 2005 and 2010, formed militias to lend a helping hand to the police.
According to the Akipress website, which quotes law enforcement, calm returned to Bishkek on Wednesday morning, but the Russian news agency TASS and 24.kg announced that the headquarters of the mining company Kumtor Gold, a subsidiary of the Canadian group Centera Gold, was in turn its invaded by protesters.
The unrest began on Monday with the announcement of the first results of the legislative elections, which featured two traditional parties, one of which was led by the head of state. These results were invalidated the next day.