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12:00 AM, October 16, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:18 AM, October 16, 2020

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Kyrgyzstan president resigns

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned yesterday after days of unrest following a disputed election, saying he wanted to prevent clashes between security forces and protesters who have demanded his removal from office. He becomes the third president of the Central Asian nation since 2005 to be toppled in a popular uprising. Kyrgyzstan, a Russian ally that borders China, has been in turmoil since the Oct 4 parliamentary polls, which the opposition rejected after Jeenbekov's allies were declared the winners. After the election, opposition supporters took to the streets and seized government buildings, prompting the authorities to annul the vote. 


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