Back in early October, ex-deputy Sadyr Zhaparov was in detention, and two weeks later he took over the reins of the country.
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Back in early October, Sadyr Zhaparov who was serving his 10-year-term in prison for organisation of mass disorders could not imagine how his fate would reverse in the following weeks.
After his release on the night of October 5 to 6 by his followers, Zhaparov was appointed by a group of parliamentarians to the post of prime minister. On October 14, his former appointment was confirmed by the legitimate session of the parliament and by presidential decree. On the following day, after the immediate resignation of President Zheenbekov and the parliamentary speaker’s refusal to act as president, Sadyr Zhaparov became the actual head of the state.
Although he is just the acting president of the Kyrgyz Republic formally, on October 16 he made a programme statement to the deputies and the people. He shared his vision of the country’s development: he promised to fight corruption, reduce the state apparatus, renew and rejuvenate the staff, digitisation, and many other things.
After the candidature of Zhaparov was approved for high office, Kyrgyzstan saw stabilisation of public and political situation. In the last two weeks, the country has been in political crisis caused by the events of October 5-6. The mass protest against the results of parliamentary election held on October 4 turned into mass disorders and seizure of the White House in the evening of October 5. It was a place for the parliament and the presidential administration. Some politicians were freed from prisons; a series of self-appointments of executives of various agencies took place across the country. The president, government and parliament lost control of the situation for a few days; protests continued in Bishkek. Key political forces after negotiations that took almost a week reached a consensus and agreed to form a new government led by Sadyr Zhaparov.
The next key problem for the country is a determination of the date of parliamentary and presidential elections. According to the law, acting president may not take part in the forthcoming presidential election. Sadyr Zhaparov left the question of his participation in the presidential race open. Now let’s find out who is the acting president.