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Kyrgyzstan opens criminal investigation against Tajikistan citizens as ceasefire holds following clashes

The ceasefire between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan held on Sunday, as Kyrgyzstan accused citizens from its Central Asian neighbour of crimes during the pair’s worst clashes at their contested border in decades. The ministry said casualties on its side had risen to more than 160, with 34 deaths. Kyrgyzstan opened an 11 criminal cases against citizens […]

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At least 31 dead in border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan said at least 31 people have been killed in heavy clashes at its disputed border with Tajikistan, as officials from the two ex-Soviet countries met Friday in a bid to defuse tensions. Clashes between communities over land and water along the pair’s long-contested border are regular occurrences, with border guards often getting involved Shooting […]

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‘Bride Kidnapping’: Protests erupt in Kyrgyzstan after a woman was abducted and killed

Protests broke out in Kyrgyzstan after a woman was abducted and killed in a case of “bride kidnapping”. Aizada Kanatbekova, 27, was snatched on Monday by three men who pushed her into a car. It is believed one of them wanted to marry her by force. Security footage showing the abduction spread widely on social media […]

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Kyrgyzstan elects new prime minister, rearrests former president as unrest deepens over disputed elections

The former president of Kyrgyzstan has rearrested as the country’s incumbent leader try to regain support after days of unrest over a disputed election. Forces detained ex-leader Almazbek Atambayev in a raid on Saturday. He had been freed by supporters days earlier in protests against last Sunday’s contested parliamentary poll. The election has triggered a […]

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Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister resigns amid political chaos post Sunday’s elections

Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister resigned after widespread protests post-elections. Kubatbek Boronov has now been replaced by Sadyr Japarov, who protesters released from jail. Opposition groups had earlier seized control of parliament, protesting election results they say were rigged. Facing mounting pressure, the country’s electoral body has annulled the results of Sunday’s parliament elections. The election results […]

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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 […]