Four Kyrgyz Opposition Political Parties Propose Single Candidate for Prime Minister
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BISHKEK (Sputnik) – Four Kyrgyz opposition political parties — Respublika (Republic), Ata Meken (Fatherland), Bir Bol (Unity), and Reforma (Reform) — have jointly nominated one more candidate for the country’s prime minister, Omurbek Babanov, according to opposition politician Tilek Toktogaziev, a member of Ata Meken.
REUTERS / VLADIMIR PIROGOVProtesters try to break into the government headquarters during a rally against the result of a parliamentary election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 5, 2020.
The opposition politician expressed the belief that Sadyr Japarov, appointed prime minister by the parliament, was not a legitimate head of the cabinet. Earlier this week, Kyrgyzstan’s opposition coordination council proposed Toktogaziev as a candidate for the post.
Mass protests erupted in the Central Asian country on Monday following parliamentary elections. Protesters, led by supporters of the parties that failed to pass the threshold for winning seats in the parliament, clashed with law enforcement and stormed the parliament building. One person died and at least 1,000 people were injured during the clashes.