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Friday, October 16, 2020, 17:59
Kyrgyzstan to hold presidential election before Jan 10
By Xinhua
Friday, October 16, 2020, 17:59 By Xinhua

Supporters of Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov attend a rally near the Ala-Archa official presidential residence in Bishkek on Oct 15, 2020. (VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO / AFP)

BISHKEK - The presidential election in Kyrgyzstan should be held no later than Jan 10, Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov said Friday.

Kyrgy Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov on Thursday declared himself acting president of the country after President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned hours earlier amid ongoing protests in Bishkek

READ MORE: Kyrgyzstan president Jeenbekov resigns after unrest

Consultations on the date for the election will be held, Japarov said at an extraordinary session of the parliament.

Both presidential and parliamentary elections will be held within the framework of the law, he said, adding that parliamentary election should be held according to the party system.

Japarov proposed lowering the threshold to enter parliament up to 5 percent, and reducing the electoral deposit from 5 million Kyrgyz soms (US$62,000) to 1 million soms as well as the number of deputies from 120 to 90 or 70.

"When such a parliament comes, then we will be able to go for constitutional reform," he said.

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Japarov on Thursday declared himself acting president of the country after President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned hours earlier amid ongoing protests in Bishkek.

The protests began following the Oct 4 parliamentary election, with the participation of 16 political parties. Preliminary results showed that four parties crossed the 7-percent threshold to enter the parliament.

Some parties which failed to meet the threshold organized nationwide protests the next day, demanding the annulment of the results and claiming gross violations. The protests brought about clashes between police and protesters.

READ MORE: Stability urged following Kyrgyzstan election chaos

Kyrgyzstan's central election commission later annulled the results and said it would announce the date for new parliamentary election by Nov 6. 

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