Russia says Kyrgyzstan is in turmoil and needs stability

Russia said on Thursday that Kyrgyzstan, where Russia has an airbase, had entered a state of chaos and was tasked’ under Moscow's current security agreement to prevent the situation from escalating completely.

 

Russia says Kyrgyzstan is in turmoil and needs stability

The Central Asian country has been in turmoil since Sunday's parliamentary elections, which government critics and Western observers say have ended because of vote-buying. Protesters stormed government buildings on Tuesday, and rival groups have since claimed power.

 

Expanding the power vacuum on Thursday, deputies said parliament failed to gather a quorum in a one-night session.

 

In a briefing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, "The situation is like a mess and chaos, referring to Russia's obligations under the security agreement to avoid a complete government breakdown between the two countries." Appears. "

 

He also confirmed that Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia's FSB security service, had spoken Wednesday with Kyrgyzstan's new acting security chief, Omurbek Suvanaliyev.

 

The three opposition groups have each nominated their own candidates for caretaker prime minister, who will need to monitor the vote again in the coming months, Kyrgyz news website Akipress quoted Deputy Ryskeldi Mombekov as saying.

 

Earlier this week, in addition to Sadyr Zharov and Tilek Toktogaziyev, who have made their intentions clear, Mombekov said Omurbek Baranov, who has already served as head of the cabinet, has also emerged as a contender.

 

But the outgoing parliament itself is divided’ into two groups that were meeting separately outside the headquarters where protesters were buried, and in a group that met overnight with only 40 members of parliament, Mombekov said. Including, while important decisions such as naming the cabinet 61-vote majority.

 

Another member of parliament, Elvira Surabaldieva, posted a video of the meeting online, saying she had failed to pass a motion to impeach President Surabaldieva.

 

Jeenbekov's has not been identified’ since Tuesday, although his spokesman told Russia's Tass news agency that he had been in Kyrgyzstan and was in private talks with various political groups.

 

Kyrgyzstan's central bank has allowed financial institutions to reopen on Thursday following their closure on Tuesday, as business associations have warned that if banks and tax offices remain closed and public safety cannot be’ guaranteed. So 6.5 million people could face food shortages.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Security Council Chairman Omurbek Suvanaliyev told Russia's Interfax news agency that Kyrgyzstan was tightening border controls to ensure security.

 

Sunday's election handed victory to two Establishment parties, one of which is closely linked’ to Jeenbekov.

 

Eleven other parties refused to accept the results and were canceled’ by the Central Election Commission on Tuesday when it became clear that Jeenbekov was losing its grip on power.

 

One person has been killed’ and more than a thousand have sought medical help since the unrest began, as Bishkek residents' watchdog units cracked down on protesters and looters.

 

However, acting Interior Minister Kursan Asanov, who took office this week after running as an opposition candidate, said police and vigilance had succeeded in preventing large-scale looting in the capital. Is.

 

He vowed to thwart any attempt to further destabilize the country, where another uprising has killed hundreds of people since ethnic Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted’ in 2010.

 

Asanov described the current parliament as stable but tense, and called for a legitimate cabinet meeting and installation.


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