Kyrgyzstan President declares new state of emergency
Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Monday ordered a new, week-long state of emergency in the country’s capital after Parliament failed to consider and approve his previous order within the legally required three days.The confusion reflected the chaos that has engulfed the country after a disputed Parliamentary election triggered mass protests.According to the office of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, the state of emergency in Bishkek is to last from 8 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. on Oct. 19 and implies a curfew, a ban on rallies and other public events, and travel restrictions. The new decree also reiterates the order to deploy troops to the capital to enforce the measure.
Mr. Jeenbekov’s previous decree declaring a state of emergency in Bishkek was signed Friday, when a protest in the city turned violent and gunshots were fired at several political leaders. It became void Monday, as lawmakers didn’t consider it within three days.