Kyrgyz presidential candidate assessed relations with Russia

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Former Prime Minister and Acting President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov on Sunday, January 10, said that if he wins the presidential elections, he will continue strategic and allied relations with Russia.

The politician stressed that the allied nature of relations between the countries has been preserved for 30 years and Moscow is the main strategic partner of Bishkek.

After voting at one of the polling stations, Japarov told reporters that all candidates for the presidency of Kyrgyzstan are his main competitors. The broadcast was conducted by the republic’s TV channels. He expressed confidence that the one who won the elections will justify the confidence of voters and will defend the interests of the country.

On January 10, the republic hosts elections for the head of the republic and a referendum on changing the country’s constitution. According to the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan, more than 3.5 million people will take part in the elections and voting. In 4 hours from the beginning of voting, the turnout was 9.23%.

The day before, the head of the commission, Nurzhan Shaidalbekova, allowed a second round of presidential elections in the country. If necessary, they can take place within 14 days after summing up the results of the main voting. In this case, the counting of votes should not last more than 20 days. However, according to her, this will be needed only if none of the candidates during the main round gains more than 50% of the votes.

After the parliamentary elections in early October, protests took place in Kyrgyzstan. Supporters of the parties who did not get into the Jogorku Kenesh (parliament) took to the streets. As a result, Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov and Speaker of Parliament Dastanbek Dzhumabekov resigned.

On October 15, President of the country Sooronbai Jeenbekov also resigned. His powers passed to Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov, and the protests ended. On November 4, Talant Mamytov, a representative of the Republic-Ata-Zhurt faction, was elected the new speaker of parliament.

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