Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Oct 6, 2020
  • 590 people sustained injuries in clashes with police, and one person died.
  • Early election results gave the majority of votes to two parties with ties to the ruling elites.
  • Members of several opposition parties announced plans to oust the president and form a new government.

People clean up trash during a protest in front of the government headquarters in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Police moved to disperse the crowds with water cannons, teargas, and stun grenades. 590 people sustained injuries in clashes with police, and one person died, Interfax news agency reported, citing Kyrgyzstan's health ministry. Protesters have clashed with police in Kyrgyzstan during a demonstration against the results of a parliamentary election. Early results in the election gave the majority of votes to two parties with ties to the ruling elites amid allegations of vote-buying. Members of several opposition parties announced plans to oust the president and form a new government.

The decision to cancel the results of the vote was made to “prevent tension” in the country, Nurzhan Shaildabekova said. Mass protests broke out in the capital, Bishkek, and others after the authorities announced Sunday's parliamentary election results. Supporters of a dozen opposition parties took to the streets on Monday to demand the vote's cancellation and a new election. Interfax reported that opposition supporters also took control of Bishkek City Hall. Another group of protesters went to Kyrgyzstan's State Committee of National Security, demanding free former President Almazbek Atambayev. Atambayev, who was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year, was sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison. “We intend to seek the dismissal of Sooronbai Jeenbekov from his post,” a member of the Chon Kazat party said on Tuesday. Zhanar Akayev of the opposition party Ata Meken was quoted by the Kyrgyz service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty as saying that “a new prime minister and the government of the people must be appointed,” and then “a people's election“must be held. Jeenbekov, on Tuesday, urged opposition leaders to “calm their supporters down” and take them away “from the streets.”

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