Kyrgyz president orders state of emergency in capital amid unrest | Kyrgyzstan
Curfew, strict security restrictions until October 21, says President, amid the political crisis.
The Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in the capital Bishkek on Friday when riots swept across the Central Asian country.
A curfew and strict security restrictions apply from 8 p.m. local time on Friday to 8 a.m. on October 21.
Jeenbekov’s orders did not state how many troops would be deployed, but they were instructed to deploy military vehicles, establish checkpoints, and prevent armed clashes.
The news comes hours after Jeenbekov signed a resolution to dismiss Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov and his cabinet on Friday.
Jeenbekov also offered to step down at an address posted on the president’s website on Friday after a date for new elections was set and changes of government were confirmed by parliament and his office.
Opposition groups have argued among themselves since they seized government buildings and forced the cancellation of a controversial election result earlier this week.
They took the first step towards consolidation in hopes of an end to the crisis, but thousands of their supporters took to the streets at rival rallies that politicians said posed a threat of violence.
The opposition is divided into eleven parties that represent clan interests in a country in which two presidents have been overthrown by popular uprisings since 2005.
The Central Asian nation has a history of political volatility – two of its presidents have been overthrown by revolts in the past 15 years.
Russia has described the situation in Kyrgyzstan, which borders China and houses a Russian military base, as “chaos and chaos”.
Moscow is the dominant foreign power in Kyrgyzstan and has tried in the past to mediate internecine disputes. However, it was unclear whether the Kremlin could help stabilize a fluid situation in the republic.
Stanislav Zas, general secretary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Moscow-led security bloc, suggested that the bloc could play a “mediating role”.
The crisis tests the Kremlin’s power to shape politics in its former Soviet sphere of influence at a time when fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has broken out and Belarus is also embroiled in protests.