Kyrgyzstan is boiling over in Sunday’s legislative elections. On Monday, at least 120 people were hospitalized in Bishkek after clashes between police and protesters disputing the election results, overshadowed by allegations of fraud, including bought-in votes. Furious, protesters are demanding the resignation of incumbent President Sooronbai Jeenbekov and the holding of new elections.
On the night of Monday to Tuesday, they entered the building that houses the Parliament and the Presidential Administration. Former President Almazbek Atambaev was later released from prison. According to a protester, Atambaev’s release took place “without the use of force or weapons.” The former president’s cell was in the National Security Committee building.
Free Europe radio broadcast photos of protesters occupying Kyrgyzstan’s main center of power. A witness who took part in the action said, on condition of anonymity, that about 2,000 protesters had entered the building. “No one tried to defend her when the crowd came in,” he said.
According to the 24kg website, the Central Electoral Commission said it was ready to examine the request for annulment of the legislative results. For its part, the Jeenbekov Administration does not rule out holding a new election.
A former Soviet republic in Central Asia with a population of 6.5 million, Kyrgyzstan is known for its political instability. For the past 15 years, two presidents have been ousted in violent riots.