Kyrgyzstan opposition claims to have seized control of Central Asian country

Kyrgyzstan opposition claims to have seized control of Central Asian country

Opposition groups claimed to have seized power in Kyrgyzstan and demanded the resignation of the country’s president, after protesters broke into the parliament building in the capital Bishkek following elections that they say were rigged.

After a night of street rioting and clashes between protesters and police, president Sooronbai Jeenbekov said “political forces” were trying “to illegally seize state power” in the Central Asian country where two of his predecessors have been swept from power by popular unrest over the past 15 years.

Protesters stormed the government headquarters in central Bishkek that houses the country’s parliament and government on Monday evening, according to footage that showed people defacing the president’s office, piles of official documents thrown on to the street and smoke rising from the building.

On Tuesday Kyrgyzstan’s central election commission said it had invalidated the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election, which had shown parties allied to Mr Jeenbekov won the largest share of the votes, amid allegations of vote-buying.