Kyrgyzstan: Opposition seizes Government House, says election results cancelled

BISHKEK  — Results of the October 4 parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan have been canceled, the country’s Acting Prosecutor General Almambet Shykmamatov told news agency. This comes after protesters seized the White House (the government house) in Bishkek on the night of October 6.

Shykmamatov said this was the main demand of the opposition, and it was fulfilled.

Earlier it was reported that arrest warrants were issued for Raiymbek Matraimov, Iskender Matraimov, and Tilek Matraimov. In addition, all those involved in large-scale fraud during the election will be arrested.

Former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Kursan Asanov, has become the commandant of Bishkek, Acting Head of the State Committee for National Security, Deputy Head of the Security Council Omurbek Suvanaliev told news agency on October 6.

Former President Almazbek Atambayev, former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, and opposition politicians Sadyr Japarov and Ravshan Jeenbekov have been released from prisons.

On October 5, Kyrgyz security forces used rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades against thousands of people gathered in the center of the capital, Bishkek, to protest against the results of parliamentary elections over the weekend that handed victories to parties close to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

Activists and supporters from 10 parties — Ata-Meken (Fatherland), Respublika (Republic), Zamandash (Contemporary), the Social Democrats, Chon Kazat (Big Crusade), Meken Yntymagy (Homeland Unity), Bir Bol (Stay United), Yiman Nuru (Ray of the Faith), Ordo (The Horde), and Reforma (Reform) — gathered in Ala-Too square on October 5, where they alleged the vote from the previous day was rigged, with votes being bought and other irregularities marring the polls.