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Kyrgyzstan President Resigns to Avoid Bloodshed Amid Protests


What Happened:

  • 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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