Kyrgyzstan: Parliament elects Sadyr Japarov as new prime minister in repeat vote

BISHKEK — Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has reiterated his call for all Kyrgyz political parties and citizens to abide by the law amid an ongoing political crisis after mass protests ousted the government over contested parliamentary elections, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

“Problems must be solved only within the boundaries of the law, not through pressure. I call upon all of you to respect the law,” Jeenbekov said in a statement on October 14, before parliament elected Sadyr Japarov as the country’s new prime minister in a repeat vote and the President then signed a decree on Japarov’s appointment.

On October 13, Jeenbekov rejected a decision by a group of lawmakers to appoint Japarov, a convicted kidnapper released from prison last week in the wake of the mass protests, to the post of prime minister.

Jeenbekov’s office said the nomination was rejected because of the lack of a quorum at the group’s session at which the decision was made after thousands poured into the streets on October 5, protesting the official election results and throwing the country into chaos.

Members of parliament and other political activists have questioned the legitimacy of the rump parliament session that selected Japarov, which at the time looked like the latest twist in a sometimes violent power struggle in the aftermath of the elections.

At today’s session, parliament approved Japarov as the new prime minister with a quorum — 83 members of parliament were present out of the total 120, and all those present voted for Japarov’s candidacy.

Also on October 13, lawmakers elected Kanatbek Isaev as the new speaker of parliament.

In the wake of protests, then-parliament speaker Dastan Jumabekov resigned and a group of lawmakers named Myktybek Abdyldaev as the new parliament chairman.

However, Abdyldaev resigned from the post on October 10 amid statements by some political parties and lawmakers questioning the legitimacy of his appointment.