Kyrgyzstan president faces pressure to resign amid turmoil

Kyryz servicemen at checkpoint

Kyryz servicemen at checkpoint

"I do not want to go down in the history of Kyrgyzstan as a president who allowed bloodshed and shooting on its people".

Kyrgyzstan has been dogged by political volatility for much of its three decades of independence.

Parliament had earlier confirmed nationalist Japarov as premier for the second time, after Jeenbekov vetoed its previous decision on October 10 because of proxy voting by some legislators.

Jeenbekov has called on Zhaparov and other politicians to get their supporters of the streets of the capital and "bring peaceful life back to the people of Bishkek".

The announcement Thursday came just a day after Mr. Jeenbekov dismissed a demand to step down from the country's new Prime Minister, saying he would stay on the job until the political situation in the Central Asian country stabilises.

Both sides had held talks this week with a senior official from Russia, Kyrgyzstan's closest ally. However, the protests continued in Bishkek on Wednesday.

They said the election results had been rigged - claims which global monitors said were "credible" and a cause for "serious concern" - as rival groups clashed for power, with several politicians making bids to become prime minister. Mr. Zhaparov had promised to meet with the president Thursday, but it is not clear if that took place.

According to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, if the president leaves office ahead of schedule, his powers will be performed by the speaker.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov first announced a state of emergency in the city of Bishkek on Friday, but the parliament failed to approve the measure within three days as required by law. Matraimov denies any illegal activity.

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As in the uprisings that ousted presidents in 2005 and 2010, the current protests have been driven by clan rivalries that shape the countrys politics.

Protesters have taken over government buildings, looting some offices, and the Central Election Commission nullified the election.

Japarov, who was freed from jail by supporters amid chaotic scenes last week, had made several unsuccessful attempts to secure the prime minister's post since unrest over the parliamentary election. But Japarov's backers on the streets have signaled they want Isayev out too.

Pistol shots were fired at Atambayev's vehicle as he left the scene.

Since his release and confirmation as prime minister, his supporters have pushed for him to claim the presidency - and sometimes been accused of violence and intimidation. This time the focus moved on to Jeenbekov's resignation, with a vocal crowd calling on him to stand down midway through his six-year term.

Jeenbekov accepted Japarov as the new prime minister earlier this week.

"Yesterday the Jogorku Kenesh approved the composition of the government, I signed the decrees of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on the relevant appointments". But by the afternoon he was appearing on TV to tender his resignation, reportedly after a visit from Japarov and another nationalist firebrand, Kamchybek Tashiev.

Populist politician Japarov was confirmed as head of government on Wednesday, as the Central Asian state sought a path out of 10 days of crisis following an annulled election.

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