Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister has resigned on charges of fraud and ongoing protests. His post did not remain vacant for long – the same day a new head of government was appointed.

After the unrest in Kyrgyzstan, the prime minister of the Central Asian country, Kubatbek Boronov, resigned. As the parliamentary press service announced on Tuesday, the politician Sadyr Shaparov, who was released from prison the day before by protesters, was elected by parliament as the new head of government. Due to the officially announced election victory of Head of State Sooronbai Dscheenbekow’s political camp, there were massive protests, after which the election results were canceled.

Shaparov was elected incumbent Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, he said in a statement. The decision was taken during an extraordinary session of Parliament. The election took place in a hotel after protesters occupied parliament.

The opposition accused the president of electoral fraud

On Tuesday evening, the president’s opponents also managed to free ex-head of state Alsambek Atambayev, who had been arrested for corruption, from prison.

Impressed by the protests, the election commission canceled the results it had initially published. According to this initial information, four parties had made it to parliament, three of whom are close to President Dscheenbekow, while the main opposition parties Bir Bol and Ata Meken have failed to reach the seven percent hurdle.

The opposition in the Central Asian country has accused the president of electoral fraud and called for protests. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spoke of “credible” reports of vote buying.

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