Sooronbai Jeenbekov and Sadyr Japarov
The transfer of powers from President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov to Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov raised serious questions from the European Union. This is stated in the statement of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, published on the website of the European External Action Service.
“It is extremely important that the powers and duties of the president are performed within the legal framework of the constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic in compliance with the international obligations of the state,” the document says. Borrell called on the country's authorities to respect the rule of law and human rights.
The EU representative added that the resignation of Sooronbai Jeenbekov was taken into account. In his opinion, it is worth starting to organize new, free, fair parliamentary and presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan in accordance with international standards and under the supervision of the OSCE.
On October 15, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov announced the transfer of powers to him as President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who resigned. The head of state made this decision, explaining that the approval of the new government did not relieve tension in society and the protesters demand his departure.
On October 4, parliamentary elections were held in Kyrgyzstan. Of the 16 participating parties, four have overcome the electoral barrier. The official results sparked massive protests. Demonstrators seized the parliament building and the president's office. The CEC declared the election results invalid. The Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament have resigned. A new composition of the cabinet of ministers was approved, headed by the former deputy Zhaparov.