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Kyrgyzstan elections declared invalid after protesters take over parliament building

The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan declared the results of the weekend’s parliamentary election invalid on Tuesday after mass protests erupted in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek and other cities.

Images showed people in the office of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, and throwing paper from windows. Parts of the building appeared to be on fire.

Protesters were also calling on President Jeenbekov to resign.




The break-in follows a day of clashes with police, who initially dispersed crowds with water cannon and tear gas.

The clashes come amid allegations of vote-rigging in last Sunday’s election. One person died and nearly 600 were injured in the unrest, according to the Health Ministry.

President Jeenbekov has appealed for a return to order, accusing “certain political forces” of attempting to illegally seize power.



Following the vote, only four parties out of 16 passed the 7% threshold for entry into parliament, three of which have close ties to President Jeenbekov.

On Monday, police used stun grenades to disperse thousands of protesters in Ala-Too square, before following them into nearby streets.

But demonstrators later flooded back into the central square before storming the parliament building, known as the White House.

Video footage shared on social media showed opposition protesters gaining access to the complex, some by climbing fences and others by pushing open the main gates. Later, smoke could be seen billowing out of the building.

Groups close to the president have been accused of vote-buying and voter intimidation – claims international monitors say are “credible” and a cause for “serious concern”.

On Monday, 12 opposition parties jointly declared that they would not recognise the results of the vote.

Later, President Jeenbekov’s office said that he would meet leaders from all 16 parties that competed in the election, in a bid to defuse tensions.

Opposition candidates also called on the Central Electoral Commission to cancel the results of the election.