CEC of Kyrgyzstan proposed to parliament to lower electoral threshold

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The chairman of the CEC of Kyrgyzstan, Nurzhan Shildabekova, proposed to lower the seven percent electoral threshold before the repeated parliamentary elections in the republic. It was unanimously supported by all members of the commission, the proposal was sent to parliament. This was announced on Friday, October 9, by a member of the republican CEC Gulnara Dzhurabaeva.

“Yesterday at the meeting, the CEC members spoke about the need to lower the electoral threshold so that there would not be such a large number of groups not represented in parliament. <...> We approved (the initiative – Ed.) At the meeting, and the letter was sent to parliament, “TASS quotes her.

In Kyrgyzstan, mass protests began after the parliamentary elections in the republic on October 4. 16 parties competed for 120 seats, but only four of them managed to get the required number of votes.

Supporters of the parties that did not get the minimum required number of votes took to the streets of Bishkek. The protesters seized the buildings of the city administration, public television and radio company, parliament, government and the country’s Interior Ministry, and also released some politicians from prison.

President of the country Sooronbai Jeenbekov called what is happening in the country an attempt to seize power. The CEC canceled the results of the elections, and the leaders of the opposition parties created the first and second coordination councils.

Against the background of what is happening, Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov and Speaker of Parliament Dastanbek Dzhumabekov have resigned. Sadyr Japarov, who was released from prison during the rallies, was appointed acting head of government. However, representatives of the second coordinating council nominated another candidate for this post – oppositionist Tilek Toktogaziev. Japarov stressed that he is the only legitimate prime minister of the republic.

At the same time, the Kyrgyz parliament launched the impeachment procedure for the head of state. In turn, Jeenbekov said that he would leave his post only after the country takes the path of legality, writes “Gazeta. RU”. Primarily, according to him, it is necessary to appoint new parliamentary elections.

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