Acting Kyrgyz President Japarov Says Changes To Constitution Could Clear Way For Him To Run.

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's acting President Sadyr Japarov says he will run for president in an upcoming election if lawmakers approve constitutional amendments to allow it.
"Currently, parliament is working on changes to be introduced to the law on presidential and parliamentary elections. If such amendments allow me to take part in the [presidential] election I will go for it. But, it is early to talk about it now, the decision on that issue is pending," Japarov, who also became the country's prime minister last week, told the Rossia-24 television channel in an interview that was aired on October 19. The constitution forbids a person serving as an acting or interim president from taking part in a presidential election. Changing the constitution could require a national referendum. Japarov, a former nationalist lawmaker and who was convicted of kidnapping a political rival, was elected by lawmakers on October 14 to the post of prime minister after days of uncertainty and political crisis amid a backlash over disputed elections that led to the resignation of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov and other senior officials. Thousands of demonstrators had taken to the streets across the country demanding Jeenbekov's resignation and new elections to rerun the October 4 voting that they insisted was marred by massive vote fraud. It was the third popular revolt to topple a president in Kyrgyzstan since 2005. On October 16, Kyrgyz lawmakers handed temporary presidential powers to Japarov until an early presidential election, which is most likely to be held in January 2021. Once in power, one of Japarov's first moves was to appoint a former emergency situations minister, Kamchybek Tashiev, to lead the powerful State Committee of National Security (UKMK). Tashiev pledged to launch an investigation of the customs agency and its former deputy chief, Raimbek Matraimov, Matraimov is one of three brothers from what is rumored to be one of the wealthiest and most-powerful families in Kyrgyzstan. In June, an investigation by RFE/RL, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and the news siite Kloop found that Matraimov for years had enabled and profited massively from a smuggling empire run by a secretive Uyghur family and used some of the proceeds to buy influence.

The UKMK's press service told RFE/RL on October 19 that the agency’s investigations had identified 40 persons who are suspected in taking part in Matraimov-led corruption schemes.

Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Related news
Navalny Detained At Moscow Airport

Navalny Detained At Moscow Airport

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny was detained on January 17 by law enforcement authorities at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after he arrived in Russia from Germany, where he was being treated after being poisoned.

Radio Free Europe

Ukrainian-Owned Cargo Ship Sinks In Black Sea

At least two crew members have died and six remain unaccounted for after a Ukrainian-owned cargo ship sank in bad weather in the Black Sea off Turkey.

Radio Free Europe

Navalny Boards Flight For Russia

Navalny Boards Flight For Russia

Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny has left Berlin for Moscow, despite the Russian authorities' stated intention to arrest him and potentially jail him for years. Navalny's flight with the Russian airline Pobeda on January 17 is scheduled t...

Radio Free Europe

Inauguration security ramps up, over 300 people face charges in Capitol riot: Part 2.

Inauguration security ramps up, over 300 people face charges in Capitol riot: Part 2.

Over 100 people involved in the attack have already been arrested. As lawmakers face threats of violence, the FBI says there's now a "substantial threat" of improvised explosive devices.

Armin Laschet elected head of Merkel's CDU party - DW News.

Armin Laschet elected head of Merkel's CDU party - DW News.

Germany's governing CDU party has chosen Armin Laschet as its new party leader. Party members elected Laschet in an online convention. He is now in a strong position to become the Christian conservatives' candidate in general elections held later ...

DC police officers recount violence, lawmakers demand Capitol security probe: Part 1.

DC police officers recount violence, lawmakers demand Capitol security probe: Part 1.

MPD officers Daniel Hodges and Mike Fanone were attacked with their own weapons in the riot. Some lawmakers demand details into "suspicious behavior and access given to visitors" on the day before.

COVID-19: Prime Minister suspends quarantine-free travel in the UK from Monday.

COVID-19: Prime Minister suspends quarantine-free travel in the UK from Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnsons suspends quarantine-free travel in the UK from Monday with arrivals needing proof of a negative Covid test before setting off. The Chief Executive of Airlines UK has accepted the decision to rescind travel corridors, ...

Capitol Rioters Wanted To Capture, kill Lawmakers, Prosecutors Say - NBC News NOW.

Capitol Rioters Wanted To Capture, kill Lawmakers, Prosecutors Say - NBC News NOW.

NBC News Tom Winter reports on a case filed in Arizona that states there is "strong evidence" showing rioters intended to capture and kill lawmakers. Justice Department officials saying they have yet to see direct evidence of that intent. » Subscr...

BREAKING: Yoweri Museveni declared winner of Uganda presidential election.

BREAKING: Yoweri Museveni declared winner of Uganda presidential election.

Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of the Uganda presidential election with 58.64% of the total votes, according to the country's electoral commission. The incumbent will now serve a sixth term as president of the east African nation fol...