Kyrgyzstan President Resigns to Avoid Bloodshed Amid Protests
Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov announced his resignation on Thursday following protests over the parliamentary election. This is the third time in the last 15 years that a leader of the country has been ousted because of protests.
In a statement, Jeenbekov said that he feared violence would occur if he stayed in power: "In this case, blood will be shed. It is inevitable...I don’t want to go down in history as a president who shed blood and shot at his own citizens.”
The country has been in turmoil since the Oct. 4th parliamentary election which resulted in a victory for pro-government parties. The opposition claims there was vote-buying and other irregularities.
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