But Friday, Jeenbekov dismissed Prime Minister Kubatek Boronov and his Cabinet and said he was ready to resign once new leadership is appointed.
It’s unclear whether the move will lead to a seamless transfer of power. Kyrgyzstan’s political impasse has been spurred on by a divided opposition that has so far failed to agree on who would lead the new provisional government.
Lawmakers splintered into factions — one met at a hotel and another at a movie theater — to decide who should get the nod for prime minister. But separately, they have struggled to get enough votes for a quorum. The outgoing parliament has not convened, either.
In a possible sign that a resolution to the Kyrgyz stalemate could be in the works, two rival candidates, Omurbek Babanov and Tilek Toktogaziyev, agreed on a power-sharing deal for the post of prime minister and were backed by four parties, local news website 24.kz reported Friday.
But then the capital, Bishkek, was rocked by rival protests Friday afternoon, prompting Jeenbekov to impose a state of emergency in the city until Oct. 21. His office announced that members of the military will be deployed to Bishkek “to organize checkpoints, to prevent armed clashes, to ensure law and order, and to protect the civilian population.”
At one rally, a car carrying former president Almazbek Atambayev, who was freed from a detention center by opposition protesters earlier this week, was shot at, according to video posted to social media. His party described the incident as “an assassination attempt” and said Atambayev was not harmed.
The uprising started after the majority of votes in Sunday’s elections went to parties allied with Jeenbekov amid accusations of vote-buying. Hundreds were injured in protests Monday, and Tuesday, some opposition forces even appointed their own ministers, including Sadyr Japarov for prime minister, but that was later deemed illegitimate. Meanwhile, a new date for the now-annulled parliamentary elections has not been set.
Alexander Bortnikov, director of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, had a phone conversation with Kyrgyz Security Council Secretary Omurbek Suvanaliyev on Thursday, the Kremlin said, to discuss the unrest. But by Friday, the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security issued a statement that Suvanaliyev had been removed from his post.
“The situation looks like a mess and chaos,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, adding that Russia is “deeply concerned about the unfolding situation.”
The nation of about 6.5 million is strategically located between Russia and China in a region where Beijing and Moscow compete for geopolitical influence. It also hosts a Russian military base and a major Canadian-owned gold mine.
Kyrgyz security forces demanded Thursday that all political parties sit down for talks and restore the rule of law, the State National Security Committee said Thursday.
“Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies, security services and Armed Forces have urged all national political forces, in the interest of every Kyrgyzstani, to sit down at the negotiating table and to restore law and social stability in this country,” the statement said.