Kyrgyz president resigns to avoid 'bloodshed'

Kyrgyzstan's slide into chaos has now forced its president to resign.

He says he doesn't want to be remembered as, quote, "a president who shed blood and shot at his own citizens."

For days, protesters have demanded Sooronbai Jeenbekov to leave after a disputed election result.

Jeenbekov says he wanted to prevent fighting between security forces and protesters at his official residence.

Kyrgyzstan - an ally of Russia that also border China - is one of three former Soviet countries in the middle of massive upheaval, alongside Belarus and the military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The October 4 parliament election that sparked this unrest was rejected by the opposition, after Jeenbekov's allies were declared the winners.

Opposition supporters seized government buildings, prompting the authorities to annul the vote.

Jeenbekov announced last week that he planned to resign but didn't say when.

And earlier this week, he said he'd stay in office until a new election was held.

Supporters of new prime minister Sadyr Japarov rejected the delay, and pressed him to resign immediately.

He becomes the third president here in 15 years to be toppled in a popular uprising.

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- Kyrgyzstan's slide into chaos has now forced its president to resign. He says he doesn't want to be remembered as, quote, "a president who shed blood and shot at his own citizens," For days, protesters have demanded Soornonbai Jeenbekov to leave after disputed election result. Jeenbekov says he wanted to prevent fighting between security forces and protesters at his official residence.

Kyrgyzstan-- an ally of Russia that also borders China-- is one of three former Soviet countries in the middle of massive upheaval, alongside Belarus and the military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The October 4 parliament election that sparked this unrest was rejected by the opposition after Jeenbekov's becomes allies were declared the winners.

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Opposition supporters seized government buildings, prompting the authorities to annul the vote. Jeenbekov announced last week that he planned to resign, but didn't say when. And earlier this week, he said he'd stay in office until a new election was held. Supporters of new prime minister Sadyr Japarov rejected the delay, and pressed him to resign immediately. He becomes the third president here in 15 years to be toppled in a popular uprising.

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