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The president of Kyrgyzstan denounces the attempt to “usurp” power due to alleged electoral fraud


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The President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbái Zheenbekov, denounced on Tuesday an attempt to “usurp” power by some political forces “under the pretext of the elections“, after the fierce altercations that took place during the protests on Monday, due to the denunciations of an alleged electoral fraud in the legislative elections of October 4.

At least one person has been injured and about 600 injured during the riots in which the headquarters of the Government, Parliament, the Bishkek Mayor’s Office and the State Security Committee were broken into, where they released former President Aslambek Atambáyev and other former high-ranking officials, who were in prison accused of various crimes, the Russian agency Interfax reported from the Kyrgyz capital.

“Last night some political forces tried to usurp state power, they disturbed the public order under the pretext of the elections, they disrupted the peaceful lives of the townspeople, disobeyed the police, beat up doctors and destroyed buildings, “Zheenbekov said in a statement.

“I have ordered the forces of order not to shoot, there will be no bloodshed and there will be no lives in danger. So far, we have taken all possible measures to avoid aggravating the situation. The peace of the State and the stability of society are higher than any parliamentary mandate, “he asserted.

The Electoral Commission will study the complaints of irregularities by order of the president

On the same note, Zheenbékov has confirmed that sOpens the possibility of annulling the election results of Sunday, after the strong and violent protests between the Police and the protesters, who have finally managed to break into the seat of Parliament, which is also that of the Government of the current Prime Minister, Kubatbek Boronov.

“Considering the current situation, the Head of State has recommended to the Central Electoral Commission to carefully study the allegations of irregularities and, if necessary, annul the results of the parliamentary elections,” the spokeswoman for the Presidency, Tolgoni, advanced at first. Stamalieva, to the Russian agency Sputnik.

The spokeswoman also reported that Zheenbekov has not left Bishkek, the capital and the main scene of the protests, and noted that the president trusts that “all political forces will put the interests of the nation above their own and prevent the social division” of Kyrgyzstan.

The crowd next to a government building
The crowd next to a government building – EFE

Hours before, the spokesman for the most voted party in the legislative elections, the Birimdik, Adilet Sultanaliev, already communicated through Twitter that they were willing to repeat the elections and asked the rest of the political forces that managed to obtain representation to act in the same way.

Protesters they have also managed to break into Parliament, after several hours of siege, according to the images and videos that have been disseminated on the internet and echoed by the Kyrgyz media, which report the launch of Molotov cocktails on what is also the seat of the Government.

A total of 11 political parties of the 16 that participated in parliamentary elections on Sunday they called for a protest to demand the annulment of their results, which they do not recognize and denounce as fraudulent.

“Credible” allegations of vote buying

The legislative elections, in which the presidential and pro-Russian forces managed to consolidate their presence in Parliament, have been clouded by “credible accusations of vote buying,” according to observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Some 3.5 million people were called to vote in elections that, in general terms, were “well managed” and in which the candidates were able to campaign freely. The head of the OSCE mission, Thomas Boserup, has admitted that the process took place “under very difficult circumstances”.

For Boserup, “it was disappointing to see the lack of critical information in the media”, in which most of the campaign was paid for. This fact “reduced both the quality and the variety of information available to voters,” he warned, according to an OSCE statement.

Among the “concerns”, observers have included cases of bullying and blocking of campaign actsa, as well as the lack of transparency in donations during the campaign, but has placed special emphasis on the possible purchase of votes, without referring to any specific example.

Both pro-Russian forces and supporters of the country’s president –the newly formed social democratic party Birimdik (Unity) and the conservative Mekenim Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan is my Homeland) – have been the most voted forces, after adding each of them almost a quarter of the votes cast on Sunday.

During the day, the leaders of twelve political parties that participated in the elections have presented a demand before the electoral commission to annul the results.

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