Kyrgyz opposition groups make rival power grabs after toppling government

By Olga Dzyubenko



a person sitting on a bench: Members of voluntary people's patrol guard the government headquarters building in Bishkek


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Members of voluntary people’s patrol guard the government headquarters building in Bishkek

BISHKEK (Reuters) – The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan slid deeper into chaos as rival opposition factions made grabs for power on Wednesday, a day after they stormed government buildings, forcing the prime minister to quit and a parliamentary election to be annulled.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People attend a rally following post-election protests during which opposition groups took control of most of the government's apparatus, in Bishkek


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People attend a rally following post-election protests during which opposition groups took control of most of the government’s apparatus, in Bishkek

Left isolated by the resignation of Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov’s government late on Tuesday, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov called for all party talks in a statement on Wednesday, reiterating his willingness to mediate.



a group of people performing on a counter: Protesters are seen inside the parliament building, known as the White House, in Bishkek


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Protesters are seen inside the parliament building, known as the White House, in Bishkek

Two presidents have been overthrown in Kyrgyzstan in the past 15 years, and longtime ally Russia expressed

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Kyrgyz opposition make rival power grabs after toppling government

The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan slid deeper into chaos as rival opposition factions made grabs for power on Wednesday, a day after they stormed government buildings, forcing the prime minister to quit and a parliamentary election to be annulled.

Left isolated by the resignation of Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov’s government late on Tuesday, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov called for all party talks during an interview with the BBC.

Two presidents have been overthrown in Kyrgyzstan in the past 15 years, and longtime ally Russia expressed concern as protests spread across the country, which borders China, in the wake of Sunday’s vote.

Kyrgyzstan hosts a Russian military airbase and a large Canadian-owned gold mining operation.

Late on Tuesday, its parliament agreed to nominate opposition politician Sadyr Zhaparov — freed from prison by protesters just hours earlier — for prime minister, but an angry mob then broke into the hotel where it

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