State of emergency introduced in the capital of Kyrgyzstan

In an effort to quell unrest after days of violence following an overturned election, Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has signed a decree according to which a state of emergency was introduced on the territory of Bishkek. The document was published on the website of the head of state, Sputnik – Kyrgyzstan reported on October 9.

“Introduce a state of emergency on the territory of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the period from 20:00 on October 9, 2020 to 08:00 on October 21, 2020,” the document reads.

“A curfew was introduced in Bishkek, a special regime of entry and exit of citizens, it was forbidden for individual citizens to leave their house, apartment or temporary residence for a specified period, the defence and internal affairs units were involved in the protection of public order, strategic facilities and facilities that ensure the life of the population. Entertainment, sports and other mass events, strikes, meetings, rallies, street processions, demonstrations, pickets are prohibited,” the document reads.

In addition, control over the media is introduced if these funds can be used to whip up the current situation on the territory.

The President of Kyrgyzstan instructed the General Staff of the Armed Forces to bring military formations with military equipment to the territory of the city of Bishkek to organise checkpoints, suppress armed clashes, ensure the protection of law and order and protect the civilian population.

On October 9, the leaders of the remaining Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan) adopted a joint statement on the events in Kyrgyzstan. They expressed their hope that all political parties and public circles of Kyrgyzstan will make the necessary efforts to ensure peace and tranquility.

Former president reportedly survives assassination attempt

The former president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, reportedly survived an assassination attempt in Bishkek on October 9 when his car was shot at, Russia’s RIA news agency cited an aide as saying, Reuters reported.

Earlier, Atambayev, who was sentenced to a long prison term, after his release from jail, spoke at a rally in Bishkek, where he said that he did not need power, Sputnik-Kyrgyzstan reported.

He said that he was not preparing an armed coup and asked Jeenbekov to resign and stressed that the seizure of power by force “ends badly”.

In addition, Atambayev asked forgiveness from the Kyrgyz people for bringing Jeenbekov to the presidency.

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