President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigns over mass protests

According to a speech published by his office on Thursday, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Kyrgyzstan ‘s President, has resigned after a contentious parliamentary election caused mass protests.

“I am not holding on to power,’’ Jeenbekov said in the statement.

He did not want history to remember him as the president who opened fire on his own people, he said.

In Kyrgyzstan in early October, violent protests broke out after parliamentary elections resulted in a victory for candidates with links to the sitting president.

Following the Oct. 4 vote that was swept by pro-government groups, Kyrgyzstan, a country of 6.5 million people situated on the border with China, was plunged into turmoil.

The opposition said that vote-buying and other irregularities tainted the result.

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