Kyrgyzstan’s president Jeenbekov resigns as US embassy warns of organised crime swaying nation’s politics

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan October 15, 2020

Incumbent had said he would stay on to stabilise country, but he suddenly quit after meeting Sadyr Japarov, a controversial ex-official sprung from prison by protesters and voted in as PM. Japarov also stands to become acting president.

Ex-official sprung from prison made Kyrgyz PM with use of disputed proxy votes

bne IntelIiNews October 12, 2020

Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist who was bust out of jail by supporters during the post-election upheaval tht hit Kyrgyzstan last week, also looks set to claim the presidency.

Assassination attempt made on ex-Kyrgyz president as mob backing rival attack rally

bne IntelIiNews October 9, 2020

Amid latest chaos in Kyrgyzstan’s power vacuum, president in hiding declares state of emergency and orders army on to the streets.

Kyrgyzstan is no Belarus: country's third revolution may hide age-old tribalistic power struggle

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 9, 2020

In assessing events in the Central Asian republic, you can’t ignore its intricate north-south divide.

Russia frowns on Kyrgyzstan “chaos”, warns it has “obligations” to prevent total breakdown in country

bne IntelIiNews October 8, 2020

Kremlin spokesman refers to security treaty as various groups struggle to fill power vacuum amid revolution that threatens to bring on mob rule.

Call for “clean” generation of politicians made amid chaos of Kyrgyzstan’s unresolved revolution

bne IntellIiNews October 7, 2020

Some fear of a ‘north-south’ split emerging as former mayor is greeted by thousands as he arrives back in “southern capital” of Osh.

Belarus is the template for Bishkek’s rapid revolution

bne IntelliNews October 7, 2020

After only two days it seems that the Kyrgyzstanis have already moved beyond the Belarusians, who will now look to Bishkek for inspiration in the post-Lukashenko period, if they get that far.

Wave of attacks on foreign owned gold mines amid Kyrgyzstan’s political upheaval

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 7, 2020

Locals express long-held anger at what they see as companies from abroad benefitting unduly from country’s natural resources.

Opposition groups in Kyrgyzstan say they’ve seized power

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent October 6, 2020

Move to cancel results of ‘fixed’ parliamentary election appears to come too late to appease those mounting coup d’etat.

Attempted coup seen as under way in Kyrgyzstan

Muzaffar Ismailov October 6, 2020

Protesters break into building housing parliament and presidential offices and free President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s predecessor Almazbek Atambayev. Television and security buildings taken over.

Kyrgyz police violently disperse election rigging protest that erupts in Bishkek

Muzaffar Ismailov October 5, 2020

Demonstrators incensed at claimed vote-buying and intimidation as two leading parties win parliamentary poll.