Sun, 25 Oct 2020

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament on October 16 approved the transfer of presidential powers to recently elected Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov after days of uncertainty and political crisis amid mass postelection protests that led to the president's resignation.

Japarov had already told the country after President Sooronbai Jeenbekov's farewell statement a day earlier that 'all power is in my hands' and urged demonstrators in Bishkek to go home.

'The process of power transfer proceeded peacefully,' Japarov told parliament.

At the hastily convened legislative session on October 16, lawmakers also lifted a state of emergency that had been in place in the capital for five days.

Japarov, a former nationalist lawmaker and convicted kidnapper who was freed when a mob stormed a Bishkek prison last week, was elected by lawmakers on October 14 to the post of prime minister.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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