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Kyrgyz president calls for calm, social stability amid protests

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Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov says calm and social stability are more valuable than any deputy mandate (parliamentary election).

Jeenbekov said this in an address to the nation on Tuesday after protesters rallied in the capital and clashed with security officers over alleged violations in the conduct of Sunday’s parliamentary election.

“Using the election results as a pretext, they violated public order.

“I urge the leaders of political parties to calm their supporters and move them away from their places of concentration.

“I call on all my compatriots to keep the peace and not give in to the calls of the provocative forces,” Jeenbekov said in his address.

The president, however, suggested that the Central Election Commission (CEC) should carefully investigate the alleged violations and, if necessary, annul the results of the election.

The election, held on Sunday saw 1,957 candidates from 16 political parties compete for 120 parliamentary seats.

According to preliminary results from the CEC, four parties have surpassed the 7 per cent threshold to receive seats in the country’s parliament.

A total of 590 people were injured and one person died in the overnight protests, according to latest data of the health ministry.

Meanwhile, protesters dissatisfied with the preliminary results of the election stormed and seized Kyrgyzstan’s parliament and the building of the State Committee for National Security (GKNB).

According to a video published in social networks, protesters entered the parliament building, where the parliament and the presidential office are located.

They also went to the GKNB building and released former President Almazbek Atambayev from the detention centre there.

On June 23, Atambayev was sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison with confiscation of property on corruption charges.

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Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Emmanuel Yashim)
Source: NAN

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