Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned on Thursday, October 15 after 10 days of unrest following a disputed election.

In order to prevent clashes between security forces and protesters who have demanded his removal from office, said Jeenbekov.


 What is happening in Kyrgyzstan? 

Kyrgyzstan has been in a political turmoil since the Oct. 4 parliamentary election, which the opposition rejected after Jeenbekov's allies were declared the winners.

After opposition supporters took to the streets and seized government buildings, the authorities annulled the vote.

Jeenbekov announced last week that he would resign, but this week he delayed his exit, saying he would stay in office until a new election was held.

On Wednesday, Jeenbekov accepted parliament's choice of Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist whose supporters freed him from prison last week, to be prime minister. Japarov and his followers have demanded Jeenbekov leave office.

(Inputs from wires)