Kyrgyzstan’s parliament confirmed Sadyr Japarov as prime minister for the second time
in five days after President Sooronbay Jeenbekov gave in to pressure to appoint the politician freed from prison by protesters last week.
Jeenbekov’s move came a day after he’d rejected parliament’s unanimous appointment of Japarov as premier. In an address to the nation published on the presidential
website on Wednesday, Jeenbekov said the earlier vote was conducted with violations of the law.
Japarov’s supporters called for a rally in the capital, Bishkek, on Wednesday, and the State National Security Committee urged citizens to stay calm and not give in to “provocations,” according to the local news 24.kg website.
Japarov, who was serving a 10-year sentence for taking a regional governor hostage in 2013 amid protests over a Canadian-operated gold mine, was released from prison by his supporters as protests swept through the capital over the parliamentary election.
“Today, I congratulate everyone on the fact that finally
in Kyrgyzstan there will be peace and stability because all branches of government are
legitimised,” Japarov said.