Kyrgyzstan: Convicted Kidnapper Elected Prime Minister Shortly After Prison Break

Kyrgyzstan: Convicted Kidnapper Elected Prime Minister Shortly After Prison Break


Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday questioned the controversial appointment of Sadyr Japarov, a convicted kidnapper, as the country’s new prime minister on October 10, days after he was sprung from prison by protesters amid ongoing unrest over a disputed parliamentary election on October 4.

Kyrgyzstan’s divided parliament gathered on Saturday for an unusual session at Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s official residence outside of the capital, Bishkek. The lawmakers were forced to convene there after protesters took over and ransacked the official parliament building during chaotic unrest on October 6.

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Although just 50 members of the 120-seat parliament were present at the October 10 session, the deputy speaker of parliament claimed to have reached a quorum of 61 deputies after allegedly obtaining “power-of-attorney documents from absent lawmakers,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Kyrgyz Service reported.

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Parliament Deputy Aida Kasymalieva told RFE/RL on Sunday that she left the session on October 10 “to

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